Last September, Microsoft launched Skype 6.0 for Android, introducing a new interface for smartphones 'inspired by' Google's Material Design visual language. Now, almost nine months later, it's released Skype 7.0 for Android, which finally brings Material Design to the app on Android tablets.
Microsoft says it's "redesigned the tablet UI from the ground up", and it now includes a floating action button - which the Skype team also refers to by its acronym, FAB.
"The FAB," it says, "changes your Skype experience dynamically to give you quick access to important features like messaging, voice, video calls and Skype bots."
Other improvements include:
Multitasking features – the new tablet design makes it easier to multitask as it comes with a multi-pane view when in landscape orientation. Simply flip your device and you’ll be able to send messages, files and check your latest conversations while on a video or voice call.
Powerful search – Skype 7.0 also brings our improved universal search to Android tablets, making it easier and quicker to find contacts, chats, groups and Skype bots, right from the main screen of the app.
Invite your friends to Skype – now, when you sign in to Skype you will see all of your device’s address book contacts displayed in your Skype contact list. If they aren’t already using Skype, it’s now easier than ever to invite them. All you need to do is click the “invite” button next to their name and they will receive a message with all the info they need to get started.
Skype 7.0 for Android is now rolling out as an update for those who have it installed, and if you don't yet have the app, you can grab it from the Google Play Store.