Skype on Friday updated its Android tablet app with a new “picture-in-picture” mode, giving users the ability to shrink the video window down to a thumbnail and keep it over other running apps. So, essentially, you can Skype with a friend or family member and check email, browse the Web or do whatever it is you do on your tablet. As you can see in the screenshots above, you can see yourself and the person you’re chatting with, so you’ll still be able to somewhat have a face-to-face conversation.
The update also adds pinch-to-zoom navigation when browsing contacts, improved video and instant messaging and the typical bug fixes and enhancements. The PiP update is actually quite big (assuming you use Skype), and is the first of its kind on Android, although it does partially obscure the other app you’re looking at. Eric Lin Levine wrote on Skype’s blog that it wanted to create a similar experience users would find in Windows 8’s Snap View.
The screenshots suggest you’ll be able to move the picture-in-picture window to any location on your screen, though the update doesn’t specifically say whether you can or not. In any case, the update is available now through Google Play.