News by Andrew Kameka on Monday June 09, 2014.
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Need to chat with more than one person on your smartphone? Google Hangouts is one option, as are GroupMe, Whatsapp, and a host of others. Skype today is trying to keep users coming back to its app with an update to Skype 5.0 that makes it much easier to participate in group chats. Version 5.0 has a new chat button that makes it easier to strike up a conversation with a person or persons. It's a welcome change from the awkward process of communicating in groups found in the previous app version. Skype also brought some continuity fixes that will make sure that messages are marked as read if they are opened on iOS, Mac, PC, or anywhere else. Users previously saw messages marked as unread until they specifically opened up Skype on their iPhone.
The optimization of the chat function is just part of yet another rebranding for Skype. The app saw an overhaul design when iOS 7 was introduced last year that switched to the trend of flat designs and thin lines. Version 5.0 keeps that trend going but it blatantly follows the Windows version of it. Skype has elected to introduce a device-agnostic design that keeps things similar whether someone uses an iPhone or Windows device. The app change the design to be consistent but also features rewritten code meant to make Skype for iOS fasterSkype
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.