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Skype now optimized for Android devices running 4.0.3 to 5.1

Skype has a brand new update for users on the Skype Insiders Program and rolling out within the next several weeks which should make the experience much better for a wider range of Android users. That’s because, according to an official post on the company’s blog, the incoming update will optimize the video chat app for Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) to 5.1 (Lollipop). The inner workings of the update have, of course, not been provided by the company. However, it is said to be much lighter in terms of both disc space taken up and RAM use, while also including performance enhancements for less-than-ideal networking circumstances. That should allow users to make video calls on even the most low-end devices. Unfortunately, it won’t be possible to gauge how well that’s been accomplished or how that compares to the performance of other apps in the category until after it releases.

In the coming weeks, the update will be rolled out around the world, so no need to worry if you are not seeing the update just yet. If you want to try out the latest version of Skype for Android today, simply sign up for our Skype Insiders Program. This update builds on our mission to connect people from wherever, whenever, and from whatever device possible.

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