Skype has released its version 3.0 for Android platforms, incorporating Microsoft login feature and an improved user interface. The UI for tablets such as Nexus 4, Asus’ the transformer Prime, the Galaxy Tab 2 and others has been optimized by Skype. The extra screen space available has been made use of well by redesigning menus as well as navigation. The home screen is still available on phones, but in case of tablets, contact list will be placed in front centre for easy access.
Skype version 3.0 also supports SILK, the audio codec of the company. The codec improves the sound quality to its optimum level by collaborating with the speed of your internet connection. It helps the speech to become crisp and clear during the Skype experience.
A slight shortcoming was observed in Nexus 7 which has portrait style camera. The new Skype version is in landscape mode. This wastes a lot of valuable screen space. The Skype experience would have been excellent in Nexus 7 if this could have been taken care of. Despite this, the latest Skype update has brought a lot of design tweaks to the table, giving Android tablets an edge.
The application was also found to be a little slow, especially while launching the app when the splash screen persisted for about 8-10 seconds. But with all the new features, the Skype experience on Android is definitely something to look forward to for Android users. The update is now available at Google Play Store.