Skype for Android can now float your video calls over other apps

Skype for Android can now float your video calls over other apps
This is an impressive first for Android we have here and you may be surprised that it is coming from Microsoft. A new update to Skype has hit the Google Play Store today that adds an amazing new feature: your Skype video will follow you to other apps in a floating window. We've seen something similar in YouTube, but that was only within the YouTube app, this spans the whole system; and, you can watch video in pop-up windows on Samsung devices. But, this new feature in Skype will work across Android tablets. 

If you take a look at the new permissions for the Skype app when you update, you'll see a new permission to allow the app to draw on top of other apps. Just a note though: you will see this new permission on phones even though the feature is tablets only. That's the key right here though, because that allows your Skype video to follow you even if you switch apps. And, if you are on an audio call, you can still switch apps and the audio will follow you as you go. 

Another small feature has been added which allows you to pinch on your contacts list to show an alphabet list for easier navigation to different letters. Other than that, there are the obligatory bug fixes and performance enhancements. 

The update doesn't mention any minimum Android system requirements for this feature, but since it is tablets only, we would assume that it is Android 4.0 and higher, because there are almost no Android tablets left running an OS version older than that. 

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source: Skype Blog

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12 Comments

12. rogergrand

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

In addition to Skype, you may even try using RHUB`s web conferencing servers for conducting online meetings. It works well.

11. redbaronk12

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

I would hope Google does this with Hangouts.

3. Ikechukwu

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

Skype is simply the best

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It is okay, but they need to work on the UI for the android app. Plus, it keeps logging me out for some retarded reason.

10. true1984

Posts: 871; Member since: May 23, 2012

thank god i thought it was just me

7. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I dispute that. While Voice manages to provide crisp sound to both participants, Skype can be highly asymmetrical, with the participant at the the other end of the slower uplink getting crackled sound.

9. papss unregistered

I agree.. skype is much better than voice. While voice doesnt play well with my wifes iphone and my android when video chatting, skype works flawless on both our devices and with my new xbox one which is pretty neat.

1. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Skype seems to want money, and my money is in Google Voice which cost less for me.

2. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

But Voice uses up carrier minutes while Skype doesn't, don't they?

5. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

All due respect, I don't know very many people who still have a capped minutes plan.

6. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Yours truly: capped voice, uncapped data.

8. papss unregistered

Um what? Do you know what you are talking about?

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