Skype Insider // Sneak peek at a UX refresh for Android

We’re excited to share some exciting experimental mobile designs with you. Here’s what we’ve cooked up for this holiday season! 

New Android Design

In Skype version 8.13 for iPhone, we launched a new design that brings back a bottom bar to streamline navigation and simplify access to Skype’s core features. During user testing, we shared this design along with the design that is currently in market with a variety of Android users.

The majority of Android users expressed preference for the version with a bottom bar. Based on this interest, we decided to run with this approach and created an experimental version of Skype for Android that: 

  • Adheres to Google’s Material Design guidelines for bottom bar navigation
  • Brings back a contextual FAB for quick access to key actions 
  • Has an updated header & search icon to feel more at home on Android 

 
Our initial testing pool was quite small, so we wanted to share these new changes with all of you! What do you think? Does it allow you to be more efficient with what you need to achieve in Skype? 

This design should now be live in your app with the latest update, and we’d love to get your feedback! 

SuperComposer for iOS and Android

We are also introducing a new experience we’re calling the “SuperComposer”. When you tap the compose (either the compose FAB on Android or the compose button on iOS) on the main chats list, you’ll invoke a new screen that includes your recent contact list, as well as easy access to actions including new group, search bots, add contact, invite to Skype, and make a call.

Our goal here is to create a utilitarian experience that allows you to quickly get things done in Skype. We’d also love to hear what you think about this new composer! 

Thank you for amazing feedback and all that you do!

Ellen, Amanda, Connor, Sarah, Babs and the entire Skype team  

 

Discussion Info


Last updated October 3, 2019 Views 5,610 Applies to:

How do I download/participate in this insider program on my android phone? 

I've been using Skype for past 8 years on mobile, I hate the current design. Microsoft broke it. 

I'm happy to know that they are working on the fix now. 

Thanks

Regards

Chandra

How do I download/participate in this insider program on my android phone? 

I've been using Skype for past 8 years on mobile, I hate the current design. Microsoft broke it. 

I'm happy to know that they are working on the fix now. 

Thanks

Regards

Chandra

Download “Skype Preview” available drom google play. 

How do I download/participate in this insider program on my android phone? 

I've been using Skype for past 8 years on mobile, I hate the current design. Microsoft broke it. 

I'm happy to know that they are working on the fix now. 

Thanks

Regards

Chandra

Visit Skype Insider Hub for more information.

This is the correct answer. Thanks, bro.

Download “Skype Preview” available drom google play.

I like the new design. I didn't mind the old one either. The UI is nice however the core function of having this app is to have a great messaging experience. That part is still after a year of new UI's and tweaking, fundamentally bad. It's very laggy on an extreme high end Android device like my Pixel 2 XL.

It still experiences crashing, reprings when entering back into the app and again slower to start and actually send a message compared to any other competing app out there. This feedback is not to bash. It's because I actually care about everything Microsoft and want to see you back on top. It's just been so bad for so long it's hard to keep pushing it on my friends and family as the go to app. 

Thank you, Dustin.