Skype gains push notifications for chats, two-way video calling in HD on A7 devices

By , Jan 16, 2014

Skype for iOS 4.1.7 (iPad screenshot 001)

Skype for iPhone rolled out the ability to conduct two-way video chatting back in December 2010, but the quality of these video calls left a lot to be desired. Back then, the iPhone 4′s back camera could only capture video in 720p and the front-facing camera was good only for VGA-grade video chatting.

Besides, the handset lacked the processing power to make two-way video calling in high-definition a reality.

Today’s update to Skype’s free iPhone and iPad client brings HD video calling to the iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, along with an improved chatting experience and more…

Skype’s iOS apps, now bumped to version 4.1.7, also bring the ability to receive chat messages on your iPhone and iPad even when Skype is closed (finally!). Another nice-to-have: chat messages now sync much faster across all your devices.

As a reminder, two-way video calls can be placed either over 3G/4G cellular or Wi-Fi and the technology works in both portrait and landscape modes. In-call options include swapping between front or rear-facing camera, muting a call, disabling video and more.

Skype for iOS 4.1.7 (iPhone screenshot 001)Skype for iOS 4.1.7 (iPhone screenshot 002)

On a related note, here’s how Skype’s international traffic has grown from 2005 to 2013, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.

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Last year, there were 214 billion minutes of international Skype-to-Skype calls, a 36 percent increase from 2012.

Download Skype for iPhone free from the App Store.

The iPad edition is a separate download, also free.

Both require iOS 5.0 or later.

In case you were wondering, Skype for iOS is still a tremendous battery hog.

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  • Noah Mospan

    I stopped using Skype as my main video interaction app awhile ago. I prefer my built in FaceTime or google hangouts. Although, it seems to have changed quite a bit so I might give Skype another try.

    • therealjjohnson

      Yep. Just FaceTime. The people I would video chat with all have iPhone/iPads. I think I’m going to download it however just to try it out. Just as you stated, it does seem to have changed a bit since I last used it.

  • Fikri CanCankurtaran

    Push notification, FINALLY !

  • Fikri CanCankurtaran

    Still terrible application, freezes all the time.

  • felixtaf

    Yes… Finally… Made me move to viber because of push notifications and late (very late) alerts..

    Still have issues like repeated alerts and history management…

    • Ted Forbes

      Yeah, Viber is cool, including Tango. Tango installs on laptops and iPad

  • Malan Raja

    hmm, wouldn’t we rather just FaceTime?

    • felixtaf

      We can.. But Facetime isnt a cross-platform application and not everyone has an idevice either..

    • Anonymous

      FaceTime is also only 2 people in a call

  • mahe

    Now I don’t get any notification from Skype …
    Doesn’t matter if it’s running in the background or not …
    And yes, I’ve notification enabled for it …

  • Gabriel Schwartz

    Skype is a joke.
    This is only half push support (only messages).
    Viber has full push support for voice and messages.

  • DarekSlaby

    I haven’t used skype in ages but I have used oovoo recently. The quality is actually great and it allows for multiple people to video call at the same time.

  • Ted Forbes

    Good they need to better the video, after all this is what Skype is known for. And those blurry poor quality Skype media broadcast especially with mainstream broadcasting are a nightmare, the image is always focus on the background rather than the subject. They are so unhealthy for the eyes. It hurts.

  • Kwadwo Firempong-Boakye

    Can anyone confirm that this update makes the app nearly unusable and unstable. Having problems with excessive notifications and freezing of the app on my iPad Air. It worked just fine before the update . . . at least it was usable

  • GzyOnline

    They must’ve researched what’s “trending” because just this week I was online trying to troubleshoot silly Skype for iOS PROBLEMS!

  • zanevorhis

    How do I disable the push notifications? It’s annoying getting notified even after I fully killed the app.