Skype 4.0 for Android Redesigned for Windows Phone 8

Skype 4.0 for Android Redesigned for Windows Phone 8: While boasting to have installed Android Skype app on 100 million phones worldwide, Microsoft today launched all-new Skype for Android 4.0 giving the app a new flat and metro-style touch. The UI has been completely overhauled and redesigned from the ground in an effort to make it faster and push the messages near to real-time.

Skype 4.0 for Android Redesigned for Windows Phone 8

The company has made the navigation lot easier and has redesigned the way it displays conversations, making it easier to read through in a way that’s reminiscent of Windows Phone 8.

Skype 4.0 for Android Redesigned for Windows Phone 8

With Skype for Android 4.0 installed, as soon as you fire-up the app, you’ll notice the light and beautiful new interface listing your recent conversations.  This view maximizes the amount of information that is presented in a small amount of space. The home screen is now split into three tabs that display – recent conversations, specific contacts and ‘favourites’. Conversation branch UI looks much cleaner with few little additions. Recipients of the messages are shown with a small, circular crop of their profile picture this time around and there’s still the usual array of emoticons and smiley faces to help portray a particular feeling.

When you tap it on a contact, the action invokes a messaging window in front of the screen providing you options to start video calls, or voice calls or simple hang-up. As evident in the video, you can even attach a file from the Android device, as well as individual video messages. When someone calls you, the caller profile is shown with a new white bubble around it, along with caller name underneath.

With iOS 7 getting a new design, Skype for iOS will soon be updated as well.

This release is just the beginning,” Skype’s Derek Snyder said. “We have more updates in the coming months and year ahead to make Skype for Android even more reliable, reachable, and mobile-friendly.

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BlackBerry Messenger for iPhone and Android users

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BlackBerry Messenger for iPhone and Android users: In a bid to boost its popularity, BlackBerry is set to launch its popular BBM messaging service on the iPhone and Android handsets as a free download for the first time. According to a Tweet from T-Mobile UK, the BBM messaging software will arrive on iOS and Android on June 27.

BlackBerry Messenger for iPhone and Android usersA photo of Galaxy S3 running BBM software was also shared to the public as a tease.

BBM for iOS will reportedly run on iOS 6 and will include features such as voice note sharing, multi-person chats, and BlackBerry Groups.

Currently, it is unclear whether the BBM messenger app would be a skimmed-down version of BlackBerry Messenger or full blown app. But we are sure it would be released with limited functionality and would not rock up all the features as available with BlackBerry smartphones. Some premium features would definitely be reserved for BlackBerry device users only.

It is even not clear whether the company will make the service available for free on iOS and Android platforms, or if there will be a download/subscription charge. Most of the tech-pundits believe the firm charging a recurring fee to non-RIM platform users of the BlackBerry Messenger for premium features.

Per official data by RIM, its BBM software is being used by 60 million users every month and more than 10 billion messages are sent or received each day. So there is a greater market demand for this popular chat software. However, BlackBerry will face a stiff competition from Google’s Google Talk and Apple’s iMessage including WhatsApp and Snapchat which are hugely popular.

While BBM software launching on the Apple App Store is not inconceivable, this rumor is pretty imperfect. Everyone would love to see BBM for iPhone arrive this month but would T-Mobile really burst out all that detail in public? We’re doubtful.