Sending a Skype video message is like placing a video call, only instead of having to be online at the same time, the person on the other end can pick up whenever, the conversation is completely one-sided, and the entire affair is limited to a couple of minutes. Following the latest update to the Android app, you can now spice up those short clips by applying filters. Add in balloons, warp your face, turn things negative—that sort of thing.

To apply any of the effects, hit the icon in the bottom left while recording a message. Since we're approaching the end of October, Skype has also included a few Halloween-related options and emoticons.

As for non-cutesy stuff, this release lets you send photos and files to an entire group via a new icon in the group chat bar. And you can now invite friends to join Skype from the contacts tab.

The update is available underneath the changelog below.

What's New:

  • Add fun to your video messages by adding a video filter. Just tap on the filter icon on the lower left.
  • Get spooky with new ghostly Halloween emoticons and video message filters.... Mwahahahah!
  • Quickly send photos and files to the entire group by tapping on the corresponding icon in the group chat media bar.
  • Want to chat with a friend who isn't in Skype? Invite your friends to join Skype from the contacts tab.