Skype’s redesigned mobile apps come with enhanced search, better messaging

Skype's new look on Android. Photo: Skype

Skype’s new look on Android. Photo: Skype

Skype is today rolling out major updates to its Android and iOS apps that bring a brand new look and a bunch of new features. Users on Android can look forward to enhanced search and improved messaging, while those with an iPad can expect to see all the features they’re used to on iPhone.

On both platforms, Skype has a new design that’s “much more natural and intuitive,” the company says.

The Android version of the apps a new look is inspired by Google’s Material Design language, with a floating action button that gives you easy access to the video message, voice call, video call, and chat features.

On iOS, Skype 6.0 is cleaner and easier to navigate thanks to some incredibly simple gestures. To start a call or voice chat, for instance, you can simply swipe right on a contact in your messages list to reveal the buttons you need.

Skype 6.0 on iPhone and iPad. Photo: Skype

Skype 6.0 on iPhone and iPad. Photo: Skype

Both platforms also get enhanced search in this update, which should help you find your most important contacts and conversations much faster. Messaging has also been improved to Android so that it’s easier to see how many unread messages are waiting for you.

On iPad, Skype now offers all the features you’re used to seeing in the iPhone version. You can share your location, send large emoticons, see web link previews, and send and receive photos with ease. The iPad version also supports group chat now.