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 for devices you would expect, but there are also two new features for tablet users.

The first is a picture-in-picture window for video and voice calls. You can now move out of the Skype app but still interact with a floating window of the active call. This is a tablet-only feature, though you will need to allow permission for it on phone installs as well.

The second feature is pinch-zooming and tapping your contact list to quickly navigate based on the letter of the contacts name. This should allow faster searching through your list if you've a long one, and should help when calling someone who isn't in your favorites.

Microsoft says the update will be rolling out today, so keep an eye out for it.

Source: Skype

There are 14 comments

thenapalm says:

yeah, but will it still constantly crash on my rooted 4.4 Nexus10 like the previous version did?

A895 says:

Could be because you are rooted that it's having those problems. Never got why people who root their stuff complain when something does not work.

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thenapalm says:

It must be just a coincidence then that skype is the only app that has crashed repeatedly over several versions of android. All rooted.

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David Cape says:

Yes, I'm guessing it will as it hasn't worked for more than a minute on my non-rooted Nexus 4. As soon as the video call connects, bam, reboots the phone. Yuck.

sladyrko says:

I got it :-)

HolmanDuran says:

Still logs you out after opening a couple apps. Fuck skype, get it together!

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BB_Bmore says:

This app is great!!!..... On a pc

enigmax says:


A tablet/phone version is horrible and actually never use it...

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hmmm says:

That's cool. Skype(Microsoft) announces an update and BOOM there it is. I've yet to receive the supposed Gmail update from several days ago.

Microsoft has a handful of users for the app, Gmail has millions.

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hmmm says:

Yeah, I guess 100,000,000 downloads vs 500,000,000 is quite a difference.

Grahaman27 says:

And I have downloaded Skype before, but I don't have it my phone or tablet anymore. Those numbers are fluff

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I downloaded, and then uninstalled.

Also, I doubt those numbers are completely accurate, as we know there are more Android devices in the wild than that, and 99% of them have gmail.

Now if only Skype would work right on my iPad while at the same time signed in on my PC.