Thanks to mobile devices and global data networks, keeping in touch with friends, family, and co-workers is easier than ever. Video phones were once the stuff of science fiction. Nowadays, video calls can be connected from almost anywhere, and it's the next-best thing to meeting in person.
Skype today announced that voice messaging and profiles are back in Skype version 5.2. These services went missing from the iPhone app when Microsoft released a redesigned version of its Skype mobile offering at the beginning of June. In a blog post published on Monday, Skype said they have been listening to user feedback since the release of the redesigned app and have decided to add the most requested features including voice message support.
Version 5.2 of the iPhone app also reintroduces contact profiles so users can easily access their contacts' name, birthday, location and other public information listed on Skype, and it brings the ability to add participants to existing conversations with a few simple taps.
A major redesign of Skype for iPhone is coming to the App Store. Version 5.0 is on the way, as the previous Skype app has already been pulled ahead of the new release. The developers aim to bring a consistent look and feel to the mobile app across all platforms, while taking advantage of the unique features of iOS.
Skype 5.0 is the most significant redesign ever delivered to the iPhone, and the app has already started rolling out to selected markets. The new app is centered around a hub showing recent conversations, and features in app notifications for quick conversation switching.
iPhone users of Skype can now grab version 4.8 of the popular calling app for devices running iOS 5 or later. The improved Skype adds detailed notifications to the iOS Notification Center, helping to keep you in touch with all of your Skype contacts. Not only this, but the latest update fixes the order of one-on-one chats, keeping them in the right order all the time.
Voice calling is also improved, with Skype making it easier to switch between audio devices without dropping the call. This means users can choose to utilize Bluetooth, headphones or the speaker during a call and the audio will be routed appropriately. Novices to Skype will be glad to know the update also adds introduction screens, to help guide first-time users through using the app.
Another update to the Skype iPhone and iPad apps has been released, adding new features and bug fixes. Desktop users will recognize some of these features, which include the ability to log in with your Microsoft account. This integration is the next step in Microsoft's plan to replace the Messenger IM client with Skype.
The Skype iPhone app can now be used to chat directly with contacts on Hotmail, Messenger or Outlook.com. Those who are new to Skype will find that an account can be created directly from the app, no computer required. Account holders with the iPhone 5 probably noticed that Skype optimized its app for the larger display, already released in a previous update.