Microsoft today announced a pair of updates to its Skype for iPhone and Skype Qik for iPhone apps. Skype 5.12 for the iPhone will introduce a dozen new localizations over the coming week while Skype’s Qik app has added eight fancy video effects.
“Within the coming week” Skype users on the iPhone will be able to take advantage of additional country support with Croatian, Slovak, Catalan, Vietnamese, Thai, Hindi, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Malay, Turkish and Estonian languages.
Just last month, Skype’s 5.11 update has added language support for Czech, Romanian and Ukrainian. This update features some general improvements as well.
As for Qik for iPhone, Skype’s short video messaging service akin to Snapchat, the new 1.5 update enables eight new video effects, including mirror, x-ray, Minecraft (shown top of post), hearts, snow and more.
To apply real-time effects to your video, just open the viewfinder in Qik and tap the magic wand to apply a desired effect. You can also switch from one effect to another while you’re recording, allowing you to include multiple effects in one video message.
By the way, Android users can download Skype 5.3 from the Play store with support for emoji and an all-new bubble style chat layout, similar to the Skype apps on desktop and iPhone.