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Skype Update for Android Promises to Use Less Battery Life

by Jacob Kleinman | March 18, 2014March 18, 2014 4:45 pm PST

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Microsoft rolled out an update for its Skype app on Android today focused on consuming less battery life. The company claims you can now run the app in the background all day without ever worrying about draining your device to empty.

Skype admits that its Android app is still a work in progress and promises to roll out more updates in the future. The company’s main strategy for saving your battery life is to shut off instant notifications from group chats. In the near future, Skype says it plans to bring back those notifications without putting a strain on your battery, but for now you can head into settings to bring those instant updates back at the cost of battery life savings.

The latest update also fixes a few bugs that were causing issues for Skype users on Android. A problem on Android 4.4 KitKat involving the camera has apparently been fixed along with a bug that blocked audio and video calls for tablets without Bluetooth capability. You’ll also notice your contacts from Windows Live Messenger now appear in the default view, meaning you don’t have to dig around in the app for them anymore.

Skype on Android should already be updating automatically on your device, but you can kickstart the process by heading to Google Play via the source link below. Microsoft also notes that a similar update is coming to Amazon’s Kindle Fire platform later this month.

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...