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  • Vendor: Skype
  • Version: Varies with device
  • Price: Free

Skype is a video calling, audio calling and text chat service that works on a variety of computing platforms, including Android. The previously-independent company is now owned and operated by Microsoft, but is still fully supported and functional on non-Microsoft platforms — although since being acquired Skype is no longer usable on Chrome OS as third-party extensions were shut down.

No matter what style of device — phone, tablet or computer — you're using, you can easily communicate with friends and family with Skype over any internet connection, either one-on-one or in a group. You can even communicate with people using Skype to dial non-Skype phone numbers, including having an incoming number for other phones to call and have it ring your Skype app.

There are both free and paid portions of the Skype service. Most users can get by just fine with the free functions — device-to-device audio calling, video calling and text chat are all part of the free service. You can pay per month to have a static phone number that others can call you on from a phone, and you can pay per minute or text message with Skype Credit to call out to other phone numbers using your Skype Account. For frequent callers, there are monthly rates that offer unlimited calls to phone numbers in a specific country or region.


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Skype for Android 5.3 brings several improvements to the chat experience

Skype update makes your emoji bigger and better than ever

Skype for Android has been updated, adding a new chat layout and support for large, animated emoji in chats. This new Skype update will add a number of improvements to the chat experience. The new bubble chat layout brings the Android app interface in line with those on desktop and iPhone. Skype...
Skype for Web

Microsoft rolling out beta invites for Skype on the web

Microsoft is providing yet another way to keep in contact with friends and family by releasing invites for the "Skype for Web" beta. It's a fully featured Skype experience but is instead powered by your favorite web browser. Perfect for those on their Chromebook. Not only are basic text...
Skype for Android

Skype for Android now lets users share photos with online and offline contacts

Microsoft has updated Skype for Android devices in the Google Play Store, adding in a feature that will allow users to share photos with both online and offline contacts. The 5.2 version also includes some other improvements. Microsoft says: Gone are the days when you and your contacts...

Skype users in India can now call mobiles and landlines in the US and Canada for free

Microsoft is rolling out an offer for Skype users in India through which they can call mobiles and landlines in the US and Canada for free until March 1, 2015. All that's required is a free Skype account and an Internet connection. The promotion is already live, and works as advertised. All...
Skype update lets you multitask with picture-in-picture support

Skype update lets you multitask with picture-in-picture support

Skype for Android has been updated with some notable additions. If you're a multitasker, Skype will now let you continue your video calls when you leave the app with picture-in-picture support for both phones and tablets. Additionally, you can also receive photos when they are sent from iPhone...
Microsoft launches beta version of Skype for Web

Microsoft launches beta version of Skype for Web

Microsoft has unveiled Skype for Web, a browser-based version of the VOIP service. Currently in beta, Skype for Web functions just like its native desktop counterpart, with voice and video calling and text messaging. The beta is available for Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox on Windows, and...
Skype Qik lets you replace text conversations with instant video messaging

Skype Qik lets you replace text conversations with instant video messaging

Microsoft is expanding the number of apps made by its Skype team today with the Skype Qik video messaging app, designed specifically for mobile devices running on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The app is scheduled to launch today for all three platforms. So what is Skype Qik? Basically,...

Microsoft ending Skype domestic mobile and landline calls in India November 10

People in India will soon not be able to use Microsoft's Skype service to make calls to local mobile phones and landlines. The company has quietly revealed, via an updated support website page, that all those kinds of calls will end on November 10 in that country. People in India will still be...
Soon Skype will only bother you on one device at a time

Skype relief is finally coming with notifications only on the device you're currently using

Skype will soon be doing more to curb notification noise on your devices. The company has announced a new feature, known as "active endpoint" that will contain chat notifications to the device that you're using, rather than alerting every single device. For instance, if you're chatting using...
The next version of Skype will make it easier to find the people you actually want to talk to

The next version of Skype will make it easier to find the people you actually want to talk to

Microsoft has announced that an upcoming version of Skype for Android smartphones will allow its users to connect to their phone's address book for the first time. Microsoft states this new feature, which will be released as part of Skype 5.0 for Android, should make it easier to find...

Skype is changing the way it charges VAT to EU customers

Skype has announced that it is changing the way it charges VAT to EU customers. Instead of charging VAT when customers add credit, Skype will add the relevant taxes when you actually use the service to make a call or buy a new subscription. Until now, 15% VAT (8% for Swiss residents) was...

Real-time speech translation coming to Skype later this year

At the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA tonight, head of Microsoft's Skype and Lync Gurdeep Singh Pall showed off a peek at what he and his team have been working on — real-time speech translation for Skype calls. The demo showed Pall's English being translated — both the speech and...
Microsoft adds new perks to Skype Premium accounts

Microsoft adds new perks to Skype Premium accounts

Skype has evolved. Microsoft recently announced that group video calling would be available for everyone to use for free. Previously, you were required to have a Premium account. But what about those who were (and still are) subscribed and paying for the luxury? Skype has you covered with a small...
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Skype updated with 'aggressive battery savings,' disables group chat push notifications

Battery life bug tied to camera access in KitKat also fixed One of the big issues with Skype on mobile devices, battery life, is expected to be improved dramatically today with the latest update to the Android app. According to Skype, after installing version 4.7 of the app you should be able to...

Skype says improved chat experience is coming

Skype this morning in a blog post addressed what may be our biggest complaint with the service — the clunky experience that is chat on mobile. Sync is, well, bad, push notifications are intermittent — basically not good all around. But here's the deal: We know that as users have started using...

Skype updated with more tablet-only features

Picture-in-picture display and fast zooming in your contact list come in Skype 4.5 Microsoft's Skype application has undergone another big change, and version 4.5 is headed to Google Play. Like the last major update, this focuses on tablet design. Included are the bug and crash fixes and support...

Skype updated with a brand new tablet layout

Fresh interface, improved video quality and several under-the-hood improvements Skype is rolling out an update today that is drastically improving the interface on larger tablet screens. Back in February Skype gave a tablet-optimized layout a try and quickly reversed its actions, and we're happy...
Skype sign out

Skype for Android updating with sign-out improvement

Bug fixes also in first update following major design overhaul We couldn't blame you for being a little confused as to how you're meant to sign out of the new Skype for Android. The messaging app received a major update last week with a brand new UI, and as a side-effect, the sign-out option —...

Skype 4.0 for Android launches - 'rebuilt from the ground up'

Messaging platform celebrates 100 million Android installs with all-new app Skype for Android is getting a major update today, bringing the app up to version 4.0 with a major redesign. The app, which Skype says recently passed 100 million installs, has been completely redesigned to be more...
Skype Video Messaging

Skype takes video messaging out of 'preview' status

Skype this morning announced that it's taking its video messaging feature out of "preview" status and keeping it as a free feature on its desktop, Android, iOS and BlackBerry apps. (Windows Phone, oddly, is omitted.) The feature records up to 3 minutes of video that then gets sent to a specific...



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