Today Microsoft pushed an update for its Skype
 for Android app to the Google Play Store, bringing it
 up to version 5.5 and adding in some features that will be
 handy for mobile users. The biggest among the changes is
 arguably an improvement to signing in from mobile, making it
 easier for those who insist on logging out to sign back in from
 their Android smartphone or tablet. The chatting feature will
 soon be updated, too, and will likewise be a little more
 convenient once it is.

The Skype 5.5 for Android version remembers users’ log in
 details, and so when a user logs out they now only need to tap
 the arrow and it will sign back in as the user that was
 presented on the screen. Those who don’t like this (it does
 make it easy for anyone to hop on) can change the settings,
 though.

Options include requiring a password every time the user tries
 to sign in (such is found under the “Settings” menu within
 “Privacy”). In addition, those who chat via Skype will soon
 find that web link previews appear on their Android handset.
 This feature was previously rolled out on iOS and Mac.

The web link previews won’t be showing up in the Android app
 immediately, however — Microsoft says it is rolling out the
 previews “in the next few weeks”. When it does arrive, users
 will see small previews nestled within chat when someone drops
 in a web link. This makes it easier to see what is on the page.

SOURCE: Skype, Google Play

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