Skype for Android tablets

Skype today announced a fairly major update for Android tablets. In addition to the updated layout, there's no an option to sign in and merge your Skype account with your Microsoft account (an offshoot of the Windows-maker buying Skype), improved audio quality, and a number of bugfixes in Skype 3.0.

The audio improvements are brought about by Skype's wideband audio codec, SILK, the company wrote in its official blog.

SILK was designed to capture the richness of human speech. It copes well with the often varying speeds of Internet connections, ensuring that the audio quality is always the best it can be. 

There's a demo of SILK after the break.

Source: Skype

 
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Skype brings new layout, improved audio to Android tablets

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"In addition to the updated layout, there's no an option to sign in and merge your Skype account with your Microsoft account (an offshoot of the Windows-maker buying Skype), improved audio quality, and a number of bugfixes in Skype 3.0."

Should probably get rid of the "no" between "there's" and "an". :)

This. I normally don't point out typos, but this one can go either way and can be confusing.

Seems like they screwed up on the Nexus 7; the layout in this new version is locked to landscape mode. Kind of makes video calls impossible what with the camera being on the top of the device in portrait mode.

About time!!!!
I skype everyday with my long distance gf and the sound quality just ... uhh.
Going to test it out tonight...

Nice, hopefully more developers optimize their tablet apps now that the new nexus tablets are out

The version is also available for the Android Smartphone. However, we still have issues logging in on an ATT Galaxy S3. Just spins. Someday, Microsoft will fix the issue. To resolve, power offing the phone and starting it up again and starting Skype immediately sometimes works.

It's the first thing I noticed in the new version. Makes the app a pain to use on the Nexus 7. Skype should know better than this. I think they rushed out the update to get the Microsoft sign in feature released.