Thursday, November 27, 2014

Skype brings floating window to Android phones.

Skype has finally brought the floating window feature to its app for Android. Users of Skype for PCs and Macs will know what I'm talking about. It is this very useful feature where you can minimize Skype on your desktop and continue doing something else while still having the person you are talking to in a small window floating over that Word document you were working on before the call.

In the description on Google Play, Skype calls this feature "picture in picture view". As can be seen in the screenshot below, the floating window is quite small. I tested it on a Motorola G. Similar to a desktop or tablet, you can move the window out of the way, around your screen. Just make you touch and drag. Applying too much pressure will result in Skype coming back into focus and maximizing.
Besides the floating, the update also includes some performance improvement like it now loads chats faster from the notification center. See the full change log below:
  • Chats load faster, especially when opened from a notification.
  • Picture in picture view lets you keep a video call going - for phones now too!
  • Receive photos from Skype for iPhone and other new clients.
  • Supports formatted text: bold, italic, strikethrough.
  • Native support for Hindi -SAH!
Source: Google Play


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