Skype For Android Gets Dark Mode & Group Call Scheduling | Android Headlines
Microsoft has started pushing out a new update for Skype, and it contains a dark mode. This update is rolling out to both Android and iOS, by the way. The update is marked with version number 8.52.
Skype gets a manual dark theme switch
Skype's dark theme can be activated through the app's settings. If you're logging into the app for the first time, Skype will prompt you to set it up from the get-go.
In fact, you can choose between two different dark themes. You can opt for a regular dark theme and a high contrast one. The high contrast one will combine white text with a black background, while the regular one will opt for light gray text instead.
Skype also allows you to set a dark theme based on your system settings. So, if you have a dark theme set up on a system level, on your phone, Skype can set it as well. All you need to do is choose the "Use system setting" option in the "Appearance" section of Skype's in-app settings.
Dark mode is not the only new addition in this version of Skype
The dark mode is the main feature here, but that's not the only thing listed in the changelog. The company listed quite a few fixes and optimizations in the changelog.
Skype will not remember conversation window sizes and positions in "Split View". This is a feature that users have been requesting for quite some time now, and it's finally here.
Microsoft has also added the ability for Skype users to move and resize their video preview during a video call in Split View. "Focus in composer after opening the conversation in Split View" has also been listed by the company.
Users will now see an indication of new messages in the individual conversation windows in Split View as well. Minimized windows will be restored when a conversation is activated from recent chats or the call monitor window in Split View.
On top of all this, grouped notifications are finally arriving to Android. This has been one of the most requested features, along with the dark theme, so it's nice to see that it's here. The last change relates to scheduling calls for groups, as that is also something that has been added. Call scheduling was available before, but only in one-on-one chats, not in group chats.
The company notes that this update will be rolling out gradually "over the next couple of days". Everyone should receive it within a week, but it is not available to everyone at this very moment. That's nothing new when it comes to app updates, though.
We haven't really heard of Skype in quite some time now. The last big update that we talked about happened in April. Back then, Microsoft doubled max group call participants in the application.
There you have it. You can manually check whether the update is available via the Play Store, or wait for the device to let you know. We've included a link to Skype's listing on the Play Store down below, just in case. You can also check out the included dark theme screenshots in the gallery.
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