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Skype gets major battery saving update

You may recall that the only solution to some recent battery performance bugs in Android 4.4.2 was to uninstall Skype. Weird, to be sure, and probably not really Skype's fault, but Skype has been responsible for some pretty serious battery drain all on its own for quite a while now. Now, however, after almost a year of promises, Skype has revealed a major new update to v4.7 that will drop its background battery impact to practically nothing.

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Skype just got updated to be more battery friendly on your Android. / © Skype, Google, AndroidPIT

If you're anything like me, you realized long ago that Skype is a ''turn it on when you need it and then back off'' kind of app because its power sucking as a background process was just too high. With this new update, which has completely transformed the way Skype works in the background, apparently means you can keep it on all the time with minimal battery impact. I've just installed the update so I'm happy to find out at least cos I love my Skype.

Skype is still the go-to video chat service for many. / © AndroidPIT

Other changes brought around by the update include a workaround for the runaway camera process that was wreaking havoc for KitKat users and a fix for audio and video calling on devices without Bluetooth. Your Windows Live Messenger contacts will also now be shown in your default contact view, rather than the All Contacts view only. Skype had to temporarily ditch instant notifications for group messages in order to present the battery improvements they wanted, but they promise this feature will return in a future update.

What do you think of Skype's efforts? What messengers do you have running permanently?


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