Microsoft is in the midst of distributing an update for Skype for Android, bundling a plethora of enhancements for low-to-mid-range smartphones running Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich through Android 5.1 Lollipop.
The latest version of Skype is lighter on both disk and RAM consumption, according to Microsoft, which should encourage the application to run a lot smoother on less capable low-tier smartphones – like the four-year-old Moto G.
Skype for Android has also been reworked to provide clearer audio and video when a handset is either under immense pressure (from a data processing standpoint), or struggling to establish a reliable cellular or Wi-Fi connection.
Microsoft isn’t the first firm to venture down this route, however. Facebook released Messenger Lite for Android in October, while competitor Twitter introduced a less data-heavy version of its mobile website back in September.
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Google, on the other hand, went a step further with the release of Android 8.0 Oreo Go Edition – a stripped down build of Android 8.0 Oreo that doesn’t require anywhere near as much processing power, RAM or storage space.
Installing the latest version of Skype for Android couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is open up the Play Store, navigate into the dedicated Updates section, locate Skype, then tap the Update button. That’s really all there is to it.