Microsoft is about to launch an updated version of Skype for Android, one that’s optimized for devices running older versions of the OS, providing better audio and video quality for lower-end devices. Microsoft to Optimize Skype for Low-End Android phones.
The new update will optimize the app for Android devices running versions 4.0.3 to 5.1. Microsoft says that this version “is lighter on both disk and memory consumption,” and that it’ll provide better audio and video for those devices, in addition to better performance when the connection isn’t so hot. The update will be rolled out worldwide in the coming weeks.
Microsoft to Optimize Skype for Low-End Android phones
This isn’t the first communications app to go this route: Facebook rolled out Messenger Lite for Android last October, which cuts some of the clutter from the regular app, while Twitter introduced a lite version of its mobile site that uses less data in September.
The approach looks similar to that what Google is doing with Android Go. It is a stripped down version of Android that doesn’t require as much processing power, RAM, or storage. They’re devices designed to work in areas with limited internet connectivity, and they come with apps that are designed to operate on such limited specs.
The emphasis on apps and sites that require less data and performance power is useful around the world, especially in places where the latest models of phones either aren’t available or affordable.