Skype for Android updated to version 5.5; new features make it easier to sign-in

Skype for Android updated to version 5.5; new features make it easier to sign-in
Microsoft has updated Skype for Android bringing the app to version 5.5. With the update, users who like to sign out every time they are done with the app, can easily sign back in with a tap on an arrow. That's because the new version of the app remembers the sign-in information of the last person who used it.

As you might imagine, this could create a security issue for those who like to lend their phone to others. As a result, the settings can be changed to require someone using Skype to fully sign-in every time they want to use the app. To change your sign-in preference, go to settings and then click on privacy.

Another new feature that will slowly be rolled out over the next few weeks, will allow a web link preview to be seen in a chat whenever a web link is typed in. This is something that iOS and Mac users have already enjoyed. The advantage to seeing the preview is that it gives you an opportunity at a glance to see whether the link is worth clicking on in the first place.

If you already have installed Skype on your handset or tablet, you can receive the update by going to My apps at the Google Play Store.

source: Skype (Android) via SlashGear



1. vijay.alapati

Posts: 181; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

so will signing out stop push notifications?

3. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015


2. waddup121 unregistered

Easier Sign in! wooo!

4. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Microsoft should try to make skype a bit light. It takes a long time for the app to load as opposed to Hangouts, which is so easy to operate and it doesnt even take any time to load. The primary reason I shifted to hangouts from skype was the loading time..

5. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Microsoft needs to make the Android app lighter. The Skype app consumes a whopping 140mb on my galaxy s4

6. Elfmonster unregistered

If Microsoft would get it together, they'd add an MMS SMS subscription for $5, to go with the voice call subscription at $3 or whatever, add a $10 per gig data plan like Google, and relaunch Skype as Skype wireless, an international mobile app service for businesses and home businesses and Skype-esque individuals on any os. But since the interface and per message prices are so 2000, ms makes it seem as if their priority is to stick with a challenged hardware fetish instead of banking more off brand-ready software in house. Honestly, Skype wireless could be a textnow wireless sort of service. Seems like a no-brainer? Build something good up instead of letting it age out in the tech warehouse. But what do I know.

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