Skype adds photo-sharing capability to iPhone and iPad apps

21 Aug 2012

Video and voice calling service Skype has rolled out a new photo-sharing capability across its iOS apps in a move that should add some competitive tension in a market currently dominated by the social networking giants Facebook and Twitter as well as Instagram.

The company, acquired last year by Microsoft for US$1.6bn, also claims to have made the latest iOS apps less battery hungry.

“Today, with updates to both apps, we are introducing a frequently requested feature: Photo Sharing for iOS,” Skype’s Jonathan Watson said in a post on the Skype blog.

“In addition, we’ve made some improvements to the performance of the app, as we know many of you want to keep Skype running on your mobile devices all the time.”

Watson said there’s no limit to the size of photo file that users can send and they can thereby avoid paying excessive MMS charges.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years