Skype has rolled out a major update for their iPhone and iPad apps.
The latest version of the Skype app finally adds support for Bluetooth headset, thus enabling hands-free Skype calls and also gets anti-shake technology, which Skype claims “reduces the shakiness of an outgoing Skype video chat when using your rear camera”. Skype seems to have also tweaked the user interface.
The latest version of Skype iOS apps includes the following new features and improvements:
- Bluetooth support for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 4th Generation, and iPad 2
- Incoming emoticons; outgoing emoticons displayed when entered in text form
- Enhanced video through image stabilization
- New easy-to-use interface
- Advertising will be shown to users that do not have Skype Credit, a calling subscription or premium subscription
- Bugfix for security vulnerability
Checkout the screenshots of the improved user interface below:
You can checkout the video demonstrating Skype’s new anti-shake technology:
Skype iPhone and iPad apps have been extremely popular in the App Store and has been downloaded nearly 60 million times to date.
The new version however seems to be a buggy with users reporting the following issues:
- Skype Credit may not be showing
- Contacts are slow to sync
- Account settings (e.g. photo, name, profile) may not appear
Skype has acknowledged the issues and hopes to release to fix these issues shortly. However, until then they’re recommending the following workaround:
To address these issues, we recommend deleting your Skype app and starting a new installation from scratch. To update the Skype iPhone app, please delete it first by pressing and holding the app icon on your iPhone, and click the ‘X’. To re-install, return to the AppStore, and install. This will prevent potential syncing issues.
As always, let us know what you think about the new features and improvements in the comments section below.
[via Skype’s Blog]