If you're a smartphone use, and let's face it, who isn't, then you'll be familiar with the trials and tribulations of smartphone batteries. With technology progressing so quickly, particularly on the display front, it's becoming increasingly difficult to hold a charge in your handset for a full day, even for moderate users, so every bit of help is welcome - which is why the announcement that the latest version of Skype for Android has reduced its battery requirements considerably is great news.
According to a post on the official Skype blog, users should expect to see considerable battery life savings, meaning that turning Skype on only when needed could become a thing of the past.
With Skype 4.7 for Android, we are introducing aggressive battery savings that will allow most of our users to leave Skype running without noticeably affecting battery life.
The savings are made by disabling the app's group mesage notification service, which has been identified as one of the main causes of battery drain, but even this is just a temporary measure, and the Skype team promises to reactivate that functionality in the very near future (alternatively, you can reactivate it manually through your device's notification settings menu).
In addition on a prolonged battery life expectancy, users can now look forward to viewing their Windows Live Messenger contacts within the app's default contact view, meaning hassle-free access to the entirety of your contacts list.
You can download or update your Skype Android app now from the Google Play Store on your device.