iOS app developers keep both the iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch in mind when creating apps. Sadly, that’s not the case with Android developers. Even today, quite a few apps are merely sized up versions of the smartphone app. But Skype isn’t one of them anymore with a new update bringing support for bigger devices too. Skype on Android has been a very popular app as with any other platform, but it was high time we saw the tablet optimized app hit the Play Store. It is very welcome to see tablet optimized version of Skype and we hope to see more developers follow suit soon. This new update also brings bug fixes and improvements to audio quality as well, which is a neat addition. Skype for Android now comes with the ability to sign in with a Microsoft account, which is evident given that the Redmond giant now owns Skype.
As for the UI of the tablet version of the app, it’s something which Android users will be very familiar with, especially if you’re running Android 4.0 or up. Now for the downsides of the new app. Well, as you can see, the app works well on tablets with landscape orientation. But if you decide to use the app on portrait mode (as most of you Nexus 7 users would), you are in for disappointment. It apparently supports only landscape mode, which means that smaller devices like the Nexus 7 or the Galaxy Tab 2 users will not be particularly impressed. But for a bigger tablet like the XOOM or the Nexus 10, it should be a neat feature as you’ll be found using the device in landscape mode most of the times.
If not for this small glitch, we would call the new update perfect. Majority of Android tablets come under the 7-inch segment, so we’re not sure if Skype developers thought this through. Will there be another update for 7-inch tablets? That seems unlikely, but it certainly isn’t a bad idea. Regardless, the support for bigger device is a major plus and one which would go a long way in making the app more usable. If you haven’t received the update notification yet, head over to the Google Play Store to manually download Skype 3.0 for Android. Have you downloaded the new Skype 3.0 on your tablet yet? And Nexus 7 users, how do you like the update? Leave a comment below and let us know.