Skype for Android Tablets Gets Picture-in-Picture Feature
Article by George Norman
On 16 Dec 2013
Skype for Android, which has recently been updated to version 4.5, improves the experience tablet users get from the app. This latest version comes with a new picture-in-picture feature.

Skype for Android is the first Android app that can offer picture-in-picture functionality, the Skype team was very glad to announce. Thanks to this new feature you can stay on top of your video chats even when you switch to another app.


The Skype app for Android-powered devices has recently been updated to version 4.5. As expected, the app brings with it several bug fixes and quality improvements. That’s not the exciting bit – the exciting bit is that the app comes with a new picture-in-picture feature. Users who have an Android-powered tablet can switch to other apps and still view their video call, all thanks to the new picture-in-picture feature offered by Skype for Android version 4.5.

“We’re very proud to share our first tablet breakthrough with you: Skype is the first Android application to offer a picture in picture window that lets you see your video call even when you switch away to other applications,” explained Eric Lin, Product Marketing Manager at Skype. “In the spirit of wanting to provide a common Skype experience across as many OSes as possible, our Android team sought out a way to develop an experience similar to Windows 8′s Snap View, but with an Android twist. Now you can multitask while you’re on Skype video calls, as well as audio calls.”

Skype for Android version 4.5 has another interesting new feature to offer: an easier means to jump from one letter to another in the contacts list. You see, if you pinch the list to zoom out, an alphabet will show up; tap the letter you want and zoom in.

Skype for Android 4.5 is available for free in Google’s Play Store.

Tags: Skype, Microsoft, Google, Android, Play Store, picture-in-picture, update, app
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