Skype, which once used to be the first choice video calling app for people worldwide, has now announced that their app will be updated with four new features in order to express yourself better during video calls.
The Microsoft-owned video calling service lost its relevance among users as new and better services such as video calls on Google Hangouts as well as on WhatsApp were released.
The latter has gained popularity primarily due to its feature to work in areas with a sparse network or slow internet speed — much like Google Duo, which didn’t make any news and might eventually be pulled off the market.
Skype used to be the go-to video chatting service until Facetime, Hangouts and recently, WhatsApp video calls gained popularity.
“Skype has always been driven by the desire to connect with one another. Today, we’re excited to bring you four brand new ways to express yourself on Skype on Android and iOS, exclusively through Skype Preview,” the company stated.
Introduced in 2003 and acquired by Microsoft in 2009, Skype has updated their app with four new features in a bid to keep up with the changing landscape of video chatting world.
The Four New Features
- Skype now allows users to add emoticons, write text and even send real-time photographs during a video call.
- Users also have the option to take a picture and share it while in a live chat.
- The app has also been updated with messaging reactions, which allows users to vote or show excitement about a particular message.
- A search option has also been added to the app, which will allow users to find things from the internet and share the links without leaving the app.
Can Skype Beat the Likes of WhatsApp?
Skype currently has 74 million active users, which is dwarfed by a billion plus users on WhatsApp, who also have the facility to video call their contacts when necessary.
Facebook has been updating its app with new features to compete with other social network services like Snapchat, LinkedIn as well as video platform like YouTube and if the company’s trend is any indication, then we might see a revamped video calling on its Messenger as well as WhatsApp.
The new updates by Skype will give the app a refreshed look and user experience — as they plan to add more features in the coming months — but it’s unlikely to help them gain popularity and overtake the likes of WhatsApp in their own game.