New Skype Update Improves Performance on Samsung Phones

Microsoft has just started rolling out the latest update for its Skype Android app and as it turns out, you'll want do download it as soon as possible if you're using Skype on a Samsung device. Namely, the update version 7.17 has been confirmed to improve performance and stability on Samsung devices running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. GSMArena speculates this is because the update fixes issues with Samsung's non-standard Android implementations but the app's developers are yet to confirm that. So, let's just be thankful for this turn of events and see what else the new version of Skype has in store for us.

For starters, the Skype Android app now has a simplified sign-in process for people looking to connect to the service with their Microsoft account. In other words, you won't experience any more double sign-ins as the app will now automatically recognize which account you're trying to use and will always connect to the correct database. Furthermore, the changelog also mentions accessibility support for visual cards sent by bots and a slightly tweaked Contacts interface which is now a bit easier to use when you're trying to search for contacts by their phone number. Last but not least, that annoying bug which sometimes broke the interface when you changed the orientation of your device in the process of recording a video message has finally been fixed. So, this update doesn't bring any major features but it still does enough to improve the overall user experience.

It's also worth noting that Skype Android version 7.17 doesn't seem to differ from its predecessor in terms of hardware or software requirements so existing Skype users shouldn't have any issues when installing the app from the Play Store. The update started rolling out earlier this week and should already be available worldwide. All in all, it's definitely good that Microsoft is still supporting its app with regular updates and seems keen on continuing to develop Skype as the ultimate personal communications solution which supports both instant messaging and file sharing, as well as both video and voice calls. If you're interested in using Skype for more than just private purposes, you'll be happy to know that Microsoft also offers the business version of the app as of last year.

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