Skype has started rolling out its all-new iPhone app in the App Store. As Skype had announced yesterday, it sports a radical new design, in line with the Windows Phone Metro design language.
We were expecting the update for the Skype app to hit the App Store sometime next week, but it looks like is already available in some countries.
The updated app features a navigation style that resembles Windows Phone apps with a thin toolbar at the bottom, and the Panorama Control menu at the top to switch between recent, favorites etc. The update will unify Skype’s mobile design across iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
Here’s a complete list of new features and improvements in Skype 5.0:
- Faster: You’ll notice the effort we’ve put into this overhaul as soon as you launch Skype 5.0 for iPhone. The new version is over 5 times faster than the old version.
- Smoother: As you swipe from conversations through to your favorites and then back to your contacts lists, you’ll notice how smooth scrolling and transitioning from screen to screen is – with delightful little pops and animations punctuating them. All without degrading the performance and battery improvements we worked so hard to achieve.
- More Integrated: Now, iPhone users can start group chats from the hub. And when you send messages or photos, it doesn’t matter if the recipient is offline. Everyone will see your message as soon as they are available again.
- Smarter: We know our users are using Skype on multiple devices, and we want to make sure your Skype notifications keep pace with your conversations, no matter where they happen. Now, as you read your messages on your PC, tablet, Xbox and so on, those conversations will be marked as read (or unread if new messages come in) on your iPhone too.
I am glad that the status of messages will be synced across devices. It was annoying to find messages you’ve read on one device, still unread on other devices.
If the Skype app hasn’t been updated automatically, you can also try this direct iTunes link. It looks like Skype 5.0 for iPhone is currently available only in the Canadian App Store. The update for the iPad app is also not available.
Let us know if Skype 5.0 is available in your country in the comments below.