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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 keep the app running all day "without noticeably affecting battery life." The savings come from a complete reworking of how Skype runs on mobile devices, but also from turning off group chat notifications for now.

Realizing that group chat notifications are still a big deal for many, you'll have the option to turn the feature back on at the expense of some battery life right now. Skype says that in future updates it will have the kinks worked out on how to offer group notifications on by default while keeping the same great battery life included in this release.

Another big battery fix for KitKat users is also included in the update, fixing the issue where Skype was keeping the Camera app running in the background. The latest Skype update is already available in the Play Store at the link above — go update and see how your battery life improves.

Via: Skype


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Skype updated with 'aggressive battery savings,' disables group chat push notifications


Same here. I never had much use for it besides the occasional video call with a friend or family in another state, but it was always more of a hassle then anything. I couldn't tell you the last time I actually used it or even launched the app on any of my devices.

I'll agree that it's been a rather poor mobile messenger, but I rely on it quite a bit for it's combination of features - chats, calls, file transfers, screen sharing, etc. all in one app (some obviously only available on the desktop). I haven't found an alternative that does as much as easily.

I would love to keep Skype running all day but it seems to close or crash a lot... can't count how often I open it when it should have already been running just to see the whole time it actually wasn't ready to accept incoming video calls.

Hopefully this new version fixes that as well.

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Not sure it will happen. Skype is running by Microsoft and coded by bunch of offshore developers.

and still... pressing enter-key makes just a new row and doesnt send the message as it should. always need to press the arrow key - failed! awful ui!

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Wechat works very good for video calls. I got very frustrated with Skype and Yahoo messenger, I just quit using both of them.

voice and video calls on hangout still has a few kinks. Skype is by far superior at this time in terms os voip on a device

Maybe if you just have to stare into your loved ones eyes, skype is ok.
But better voice quality can be found on SIP to anywhere in the world without sending it directly through the NSAs stooges in Redmond.

Who cares about batteries, It's constant offline/online now, for me and the people i talk to. Impossible to know someone is really on, message arrive hours late. Horrible horrible horrible update. Half of the time I'm signed out for no reason at all. Data connection fine etc.

I tried to fix it by signing out and signing back in, then i accidently entered the wrong pass, now it's just signing in indefintely, figured restarting my phone and shutting down all apss would sort that. But no, the moment i open skype it just tries to login again using the wrong pass, and no way to stop it from trying, and it doesn't stop by itself.