Skype 5.5 for Android improves battery life and makes signing in easier

Skype 5.5 for Android improves battery life and makes signing in easier

Microsoft’s Skype app on Android devices has just updated to version 5.5 and brings with it two features wanted by current users; extended battery life and a more simplified login.

Skype 5.5 for Android changes the way the device’s battery is used and also improves the use of notifications to extend the overall battery life. This was done to encourage Android users, who were concerned about battery drain, to leave the app running in the background and subsequentially use the app more due to its constant online status.

Those users still wanting to sign out of Skype after using it haven’t been ignored though and the developers have made it easier to quickly sign back in due to a new feature which remembers login information.

A new feature not included within this update but confirmed for a near-future inclusion is the ability to view website previews within the text chat windows. This was recently brought to Skype on iOS and Mac in a recent update.

Do you use Skype on an Android device? What new improvements would you like to see made? Let us know in the comments below.

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