Hands On: New Skype on Android (Screenshots)

Richard Hay, Senior Content Producer

June 15, 2017

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Earlier this month, Microsoft released an updated Skype app for Android users.

At that time they called it the next generation of Skype and when you dive into the interface it is definitely carries a generational jump in its look and functionality.

The basic options for IM conversations, voice, and video based calls are all still there but the UI wrapped around those functions has a lot more color gradients and new icons however, there is one new feature that is most definitely aimed at the younger generation of Skype users.

This new feature, called Highlights, has all the elements that draw those younger users into apps like Snapchat and other social media services.

Users can create videos, share images, dress them up with ink and emojis and then share them with their contacts directly as a Highlight of their day, event, etc.

Contacts can then interact with those Highlights for seven days before they disappear form existence.

This gallery will give you a view into the app on Android which has already started rolling out to users. Next up will be the iOS app followed by the Windows and Mac desktop versions.


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About the Author(s)

Richard Hay

Senior Content Producer, IT Pro Today (Informa Tech)

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well with what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – AnotherWin95.com – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and WindowsObserver.com is the result of the work I have done on that site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed as a Microsoft MVP each subsequent year since that initial award. I am also a member of the inaugural group of Windows Insider MVPs which began in 2016.

I previously hosted the Observed Tech PODCAST for 10 years and 317 episodes and now host a new podcast called Faith, Tech, and Space. 

I began contributing to Penton Technology websites in January 2015 and in April 2017 I was hired as the Senior Content Producer for Penton Technology which is now Informa Tech. In that role, I contribute to ITPro Today and cover operating systems, enterprise technology, and productivity.


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