Technology Microsoft is optimizing Skype for low-end Android phones

19:51  05 march  2018
19:51  05 march  2018 Source:   theverge.com

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Image: Skype . Microsoft is rolling out an updated version of Skype for Android that’s optimized for devices running older versions of the OS, providing better audio and video quality for lower - end devices.

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.

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Microsoft is rolling out 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.

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.

The approach looks a bit like what Google is doing with Android Go, a stripped down version of Android that doesn’t require as much processing power, RAM, or storage. They’re phones designed to work in areas with limited internet connectivity, and they come with apps that are designed to operate on such limited specs.

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Microsoft is rolling out a new version of Skype for Android that red Google's February 2018 platform stats showed 42 percent of Android devices on Google Play running some version of Android 4 or 5. Microsoft can't afford to ignore low - end phone users -- it'd cut off a large chunk of its potential

Microsoft is launching an updated version of Skype for Android , optimized for devices running earlier versions of the operating system, providing better audio and video quality for low - end devices. The new update will optimize the app for Android devices running versions 4.0.3 through 5.1.

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 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.

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