News by Andrew Kameka on Friday December 13, 2013.
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Skype for Android tablets has been updated to support a rather clever feature that makes it possible to continue a Skype conversation with video even once someone closes an app. The new feature is fairly valuable for multitasking and continuity.
Skype's picture-in-picture mode, currently for tablets only, makes it possible to keep a conversation going even if someone has to open the browser or email to seek out certain information. A small window showing the conversation appears automatically once the home button is pressed. The conversation window can then be repositioned by dragging it to another area of the screen; however, it cannot be resized. Double-tapping on the window will relaunch Skype at its full-screen view. It's surprising that Skype has chosen to make this a tablet-only feature because the conversation window is rather small, even on my Google Nexus 7. I could just as easily see this method working on a large smartphone like the LG G2 or the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
Other changes to Skype include:
- Pinch-to-zoom out of contact list and then skip forward to another letter to get faster access to contacts.
- Improved Video Instant Messaging functionality overall, including fixes on latest Samsung phones
- Added compatibility for the Hudl tablet
- Fixed crashes on the Nexus 5
- Drop down filter selections on the people tab are now persistent
Andrew is based in Miami, Florida.