Microsoft’s Skype is shouting from the proverbial hills this week, with not one but two major(ish) announcements.
Firstly, the app has hit the 100-million download landmark on Google Play, while Skype for Android 4.0 has landed.
Firstly, to clarify, the update is officially being referred to as Skype for Android 4.0, which means Skype for Android – version 4.0; it’s not Skype for Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Sigh. People get paid to come up with these things.
Anyway! What’s new in Skype for Android 4.0? “Everything”, says Skype. For serious. Yes, it’s been “rebuilt from the ground up” - as if we haven't heard that phrase six billion times already this year.
In a bid to provide “a common set of experiences across multiple platforms and devices”, the Android Skype team apparently looked to the Skype for Windows Phone 8 app, which was released in late 2012.
The landing screen is gone, so when you open Skype for Android 4.0, you’re straight into recent conversations. Sounds like Skype is looking to scrape back some IM market share, though Whatsapp is absolutely killing it at the moment.
Presumably an iOS update will follow in due course - as will an update for Android tablets.
In the meantime, for a video-based look at Skype for Android 4.0, head over to YouTube. It’s… quite unbelievable. “Twinsies!”