The update will optimize the Skype for Android 4 and 5 users.
Microsoft announces to roll out the optimized version of Skype for the lower-end Android devices. The lighter version will provide better quality communication to the users even on the devices running on older Android OS. The company has started to roll out the lighter version in many parts of the world.
The updated version of Skype will optimize the app for the Android devices running on Android 4.0.3 to 5.1. Microsoft claims that the update will make the app lighter for these devices and will serve better quality video & audio services. With the update, the app will take less space in the phone’s storage as well as on the processor. In addition, the update also enables Skype app to perform better even with the poor internet connectivity. However, Microsoft isn't the first or the only one to think about the users with less-CPU processing power. Google Introduced Android Go, the platform dedicated to the devices with comparatively small storage and RAM. The OS homes the applications that serve the basic functionality and requires lesser data and space to operate.
On the Other hand, the social media giant Facebook launched Facebook Messenger Lite back in October for the Android users. Twitter joined the campaign in September 2017 with the release of its lighter version platform that aims at less data usage. Now, Microsoft puts an effort for the Android users by optimizing the Skype to work effectively on the low-end devices. Google recently released a report showing the stats of the Android users, which reveal 42 percent users are still stuck with the Android version 4 and 5. This requires almost all of the tech giants to provide service that supports these devices effectively. The industry leaders like Microsoft and Google can't afford to ignore this much portion of potential users while concentrating only on the higher-end devices.
In addition, most of the developing countries comprise regions that struggle with the internet connectivity. In order to overcome the network hurdle, the trimmed versions of the apps are also optimized to perform better in limited internet speed areas. The update for the Skype will be released worldwide in the coming weeks, says MIcrosoft.