Microsoft rolls out Skype 5.0 for Android

Microsoft's Skype team has certainly been busy lately. A few weeks ago, the company launched a major overhaul of its iPhone app, followed shortly afterwards by an update for Windows Phone, which introduced Cortana integration for US users on its latest OS version. Now, it's sending some love Android's way, with the release of Skype 5.0 for the Google OS. 

The latest version finally introduces the option to integrate your Skype contacts with those on your handset. However, you won't yet be able to search for phone number matches between your contacts in Skype and those on your device, although this is promised in an upcoming update. Microsoft says that "in the coming months", it will be asking Android users to verify their phone number to enable this feature. 

For the first time, Skype for Android will also be able to automatically connect to your address book from other Microsoft services, such as Outlook.com or People on Windows 8. This feature requires that you sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account. 

With all these improvements on the mobile front, hopefully it won't be too much longer before Skype rolls out that new UI it's been testing for its Windows desktop client.

Source: Skype | Download from Google Play Store

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Skype needs a serious performance boost. Takes like 5-10 seconds to resume or start up. For me you hit the Skype button and nothing happens until obviously 5-10 seconds later and login.

"Microsoft's Skype team has certainly been busy lately."

Sadly not on Windows Phone they haven't. Still utter Rubbish.

Why do people keep saying that Skype only added Cortana support recently? It was in the 8.1 preview at launch.

Forjo said,
Why do people keep saying that Skype only added Cortana support recently? It was in the 8.1 preview at launch.
Actually it got added about a month and a half later, maybe longer.

siah1214 said,
Actually it got added about a month and a half later, maybe longer.

No, it didn't. It was there on day one.

siah1214 said,

Nope, it wasn't.
http://blogs.skype.com/2014/06...ne-8-1-and-windows-phone-8/

There was voice integration (which worked like "Skype <name>" and all it would do is video call the person) but that's it. It's the same as in WP8. Cortana integration is much more complex/powerful.

Whatever you say. I read the blog when it was released and thought the same thing -- I've already been able to do this. But it doesn't matter.

Forjo said,

Whatever you say. I read the blog when it was released and thought the same thing -- I've already been able to do this. But it doesn't matter.


You know better than Microsoft I guess. They just make the app.

"The latest version finally introduces the option to integrate your Skype contacts with those on your handset."

Weeeeellll.... you could already integrate your Skype contacts with those on your handset. What this new version brings is a feature that is similar to the one on WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Viber - phone number matching (which needs to connect to your phone book). So like those service, once you allow it, it will see your phone number, match it against your friends who also have Skype and have your phone number in their address book, and add them to your Skype list.

testman said,
"The latest version finally introduces the option to integrate your Skype contacts with those on your handset."

Weeeeellll.... you could already integrate your Skype contacts with those on your handset. What this new version brings is a feature that is similar to the one on WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Viber - phone number matching (which needs to connect to your phone book). So like those service, once you allow it, it will see your phone number, match it against your friends who also have Skype and have your phone number in their address book, and add them to your Skype list.


And? Its still new to Skype.

Wall-swe said,

And? Its still new to Skype.
No, the integration with your phone contacts isn't new to Skype AT ALL, just the phone-number-matching feature that's still not enabled yet. Just that the article probably needs slight clarification.

Cool :)


What's New
Find your friends on Skype:
In the coming weeks you'll have the option to connect Skype to your phone's address book. Just verify your phone number when prompted, and your friends will start showing up in your Skype contacts.
For your privacy, you can easily choose whether we keep looking for your friends and whether they can find you from the settings.