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,
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.