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Microsoft optimizes Skype for low-end Android phones
March 14, 2018, 1:28 pm

Microsoft is rolling out an updated version of Skype for Android that is optimized for devices running older versions of the OS and which provides better audio and video quality for lower-end devices.

The new update will optimize the app for Android devices running versions 4.0.3 to 5.1. Microsoft says that this version “is lighter on both disk and memory consumption,” and it will provide better audio and video for those devices, in addition to better performance when the connection is not very strong. The update is expected to be rolled out worldwide in the coming weeks.

The approach looks a bit like what Google is doing with Android Go, a stripped-down version of Android that does not require as much processing power, RAM, or storage. Android Go phones are designed to work in areas with limited internet connectivity, and they come with apps that operate on such limited specs.

Facebook, Twitter and others have lighter version that uses less data. The emphasis on apps and sites that require less data and performance power is useful around the world, especially in places where the latest models of phones either are not available or affordable.

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