Skype 3.0 for Android features tablet scaling and improved sound quality (video)

21 Nov 2012

The latest version of Skype for Android addresses the fact that many users now use tablets to make voice and video calls, optimising the app for use on a larger screen.

Skype 3.0 for Android features a redesigned look and feel that scales to fit tablet screen sizes, making it easier to use the app across all devices.

In keeping with Microsoft’s decision to retire Windows Live Messenger next year, users with the latest version of the app can also sign in with their Microsoft accounts in order to merge their contacts.

The updated app also comes with audio quality improvements, adding support for Skype’s wideband audio codec, SILK. This audio compression format was designed to better capture human speech and, Skype claims, it copes well with varying internet speeds. Judging by the demo in the video below, this means more depth to people’s voices and clearer sound overall.


Skype 3.0 for Android is available now on Google Play.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.