When it comes to apps and software, new releases as well as periodic updates make plenty of sense, and changes that cannot be seen on top and yet make a stark difference to the final product are normally the best ones. Skype 4.7 for Android has been designed in such a way by the Skype for Android team, so much so that the aggressive battery savings that comes with the latest version of the app would allow users to have Skype running in the background without affecting battery life noticeably.
This sounds like a pipe dream, but it is actually an extremely challenging process as the team had to change the way that Skype technology works. The transformation is said to be an ongoing process that has yet to be completed, but some of the fruit have started to show. Instant notification of messages in group chats have been turned off temporarily in order to maximize your device’s battery life, where down the road, one is able to receive group chat messages instantly without having to sacrifice additional battery life.
Right now, however, you are able to go to Settings > Notifications > check the “Sync group messages in the background” box and live the future immediately. In Skype 4.7 for Android, a fix has also been thrown in for audio and video calling on tablets that do not have Bluetooth. Expect this update to be on the Play Store already, where the Kindle Fire range of tablets will receive this update later this month. [Press Release]