Skype as your default Android messenger and dialer? It's almost a reality

Thus continues the Microsoft takeover of your Android device. A new Skype application called "Skype Mingo" has been making the rounds. It enables Android users to utilize Skype as a native calling app, contacts manager, and all-in-one messenger. It's also equipped with features like file and photo sharing, video calls, and Skype's new bots — all the features that Microsoft's been touting for some time now.

As TechCrunch reports, Skype Mingo was first spotted by the blog, MSPoweruser, which initially reported that Skype is planning to bring SMS functionality to the app, hence it becoming an all-in-one messaging platform. But it's the Skype bots that are especially enticing, considering you'll be able to find flights, order tickets, and search the web right from within the app. It's like Google Assistant — except, it's Microsoft.

Skype Mingo is not entirely ready yet. Unfortunately for you, dear Android user, the app is still in alpha testing. You can find it in the Play Store, but you likely can't download it, as it's still not ready for the general public.

Florence Ion

Florence Ion was formerly an editor and columnist at Android Central. She writes about Android-powered devices of all types and explores their usefulness in her everyday life. You can follow her on Twitter or watch her Tuesday nights on All About Android.