If you use Skype on your Android device, you're in for treat today. Microsoft is rolling out a new update for its communication app on Google's mobile OS. This update comes with one major change changes, which is the ability to disable notifications for new messages.
Elsewhere, Microsoft has made the usual performance improvements and general bug fixes. Disabling notification sounds for new messages is a useful tool that really should have been part of the Skype Android experience before.
It will be particularly useful for users who receive lots of messages but may also be in situations such as meetings where consistent notifications are a problem.
Unfortunately, there are no other new features available with this update. If you want to update or download Skype on Android, check it out from the Google Play Store here.
Microsoft announced earlier this month it is bringing real-time live captions to Skype. The company says this feature will be available across the Skype ecosystem, including on Android devices.
“The live captions & subtitles feature provides a more inclusive experience for everyone in the Skype community, especially for people who are deaf or hard of hearing,” said the Skype team in a blog post.
“Skype has been hard at work at making our features more inclusive, and live captions & subtitles are just one way we made Skype calls more accessible. Simple settings allow you to turn them on for a single call or keep them turned on for all your calls.”
Another cross-platform feature arrived on Skype late in November. Microsoft introduced the ability to block incoming video calls. Some users simply never engage in video calls, while others may use the feature to save data or to make audio call quality better.