Skype gets Android update; tablet support improved

Microsoft's Skype division continues to be busy behind the scenes, launching new apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 in recent weeks. Today, the company launched a new update to its Android app, bringing it up to version 3.0.

This new Skype for Android, now available to download on Google Play, focuses on its use on tablets. As the video above shows, the UI has received a refresh, with the menus now optimized to work better with a larger screen such as Google's own Nexus 7.

In addition, this new Android version now allows users to sign in with their Microsoft account, which will become more handy as Skype is set to take the place of Microsoft Live Messenger in early 2013. There's also been some audio improvements made in the new version along with, naturally, unnamed bug fixes.

One thing that this new Skype for Android can't do is be used in Portrait mode on tablets. Many people who have downloaded the new Android app have complained on the Google Play site that they don't like that the app only works when a tablet is moved in Landscape mode. Hopefully, Skype and Microsoft will address this in a later version.

Source: Google Play

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Apple did make a valid point during their iPad mini presentation. Most android apps on tablet do feel like just the phone version on the tablet. I

Just got a Nexus 10 and it's not as bad as you might think, but definitely exists. Now that large android tablets are being released more wide spread, that will likely change. I am envious of Apple consistency and selection, but not at the expense of all that goes with it...

Someone mentioned only "Landscape" mode. Mine does both up/down mode or sideways mode.
No Facebook integration? The whole reason I run Skype on PC is so I'm always logged into Facebook and can communicate without going to the Facebook site.

LUTZIFER said,
Someone mentioned only "Landscape" mode. Mine does both up/down mode or sideways mode.
No Facebook integration? The whole reason I run Skype on PC is so I'm always logged into Facebook and can communicate without going to the Facebook site.
the "landscape only" is just for tablets, phones can still do portrait mode

rather easily fixed with the app i put in my post farther up though

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