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It's 2013, and chances are that someone has asked you to make a Skype video chat at some point or another. This isn't too all-consuming on PCs, where a user can fire up their webcam and tuck the Skype client away in the corner. Anyone using an Android device, on the other hand, has had to devote the entire screen to the conversation. But thanks to the latest Skype update, many of us will be freed from the burden of giving a video chat our undivided attention, as we will now have the ability to tuck the entire session away into the corner.

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Not to let picture-in-picture steal the show, Skype 4.5 also lets tablet users move around their contact lists more quickly by pinching to zoom out and selecting a specific letter, jumping to that section of the list. This feature is joined by numerous others.

What's new:

  • Improved Video Instant Messaging functionality overall, including fixes on latest Samsung phones
  • Added compatibility for the Hudl tablet
  • Fixed crashes on the Nexus 5
  • Drop down filter selections on the people tab are now persistent

The update is rolling out now via the Play Store. New users can get the app by investigating the widget below.

Source: Skype

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

    Come on Hangouts!!!!

    • Dominic Powell

      I suspect the big hangouts update coming in january will have this, as well as voip and a few other things. We shall see.

      • Roemraw

        Don't get your hopes up just yet. Look how long it took to get sms in there.

      • Ryuuie

        What big Hangouts update in January? Did the rumor mill spill over again?

        Google said "early 2014", not "January 2014".

      • miri

        Unless Google changes their tune, they've already specifically stated that they don't do floating apps. If they do eventually give Android some form of multi-window feature, I imagine it'd be something more elegant anyway.

        • MindFever

          Yes...but floating notifications is a go. Google Calendar for example ...I agree with what you said btw

  • Abhijeet Mishra

    Ha, nice one. Features like these will funnily never make it to Microsoft's own OS. To think what conveniences users of other OS miss because the OS maker treats its OS like a feature phone OS.

    • nawa

      Well, they can run two apps side-by-side

      • Abhijeet Mishra

        Not on Windows Phone, though I do hope some of those Windows RT features make it to WP. Though with limited screen estate on phones, Microsoft probably will have to add proper multitasking at some point to accommodate features like floating video etc.

      • Abhijeet Mishra

        Ah wait, this feature is for tablets only. That's my whole argument down the drain because I didn't read correctly xD

  • Cody Revels

    I call fake....

    NO one uses Bing. Lmao

  • natabbotts

    Why isn't this available on phones?
    And why don't they use the normal alphabet scroll that every other android app implements? Creating your own UI for these things is harmful to UX because it undermines familiar patterns.

    Not that impressed really - good intentions, clearly, but poor execution. Hopefully an update will change that.

    • blahmoomoo

      Unless you can't move around the PIP like you can with Facebook Messenger Chat Heads, there really shouldn't be a reason to not have this feature on phones. Wonder if you can resize it...

    • T-ron

      It does have the regular alphabet scroll as well as this new implementation.

      It is most likely not available on phones because it would be impractical. The feed would be small and of low resolution.

  • Ryuuie

    The biggest question:

    Can I actually log in again?

    Fucking Microsoft...

    • AOSPrevails

      Just Updated and logged in alright, I had log in troubles before the update.

  • Adrian

    Hangout>Skype

    • Aaron Huffman

      I agree as well but, most of my friends are on Skype and not Hangouts.

  • unni123456

    After the update, I no longer have the Skype notification icon. Don't know if this is a new feature or its crashing as soon as I launch the app! And in settings, there is an "Allow Microsoft Targeted ads" option which I didn't notice before.

  • andy_o

    As someone else said, they got rid of the permanent notification. There were hints that this was coming, with Skype using GCM but without the ability to not run on foreground, like others such as Whatsapp or Viber have been doing since the beginning.

    I just tried greenifying Skype, and it does get woken with a GCM push message (option available in the donation Grenify), and it doesn't log out when greenifying it.

    This also can be a problem though, cause to log off you have to remember to open Skype and sign out manually, but then again, it's the same way Hangouts operates on iOS.

  • Sudhir

    has anyone else not having skype symbol in notification bar ? i m not having any notification symbol of logged in since the new update....