Skype for iPhone, iPad and Android has received design updates which follow the design languages of these platforms. Rather than following the Windows Phone design style like before, the new apps incorporate native design languages for the platforms such as Material design for Android. Along with design improvements, the apps also get improved search amongst other updates.
Skype 6.0 for Android
Microsoft has finally implemented material design for Skype 6.0 and the result is fantastic. It’s a joy to use now and sits well within Android 5.0 Lollipop. There’s a floating button which lets you start new calls and messages. The contacts list quickly shows how many unread messages you have and the improved search makes it easy to find your messages and contacts.
Skype 6.0 for iPhone and iPad
Skype for iPhone and iPad have also gotten facelifts that make it look more native to iOS’ design language. Gone are the Windows Phone-isque designs. Although there is a lot less blue in the app compared to the Android update, the new design looks similar to that of Facebook Messenger and Google Hangouts, with a search bar on top, contact list in the center and tabs at the bottom to switch between recent, contacts, call and my info. The list view also supports swipe gestures on each conversation to quickly start a video or audio call.
Like its Android counterpart, search has gotten some love so you can switch to Recent tab and search through your messages or contacts.
On iPad, the feature list is now the same as iPhone which includes large emoticons, location sharing and more. The design is adapted for the big screen, like the versions before 6.0, but it looks very neat with the new look.
Microsoft has done a good job with the design updates. The apps are faster to use and the overall experience is much improved.