Skype Adds HD Video Calling And Improves Text Chatting On iOS

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Today Skype updated its iPhone and iPad apps with two-way HD video calling. The enhanced resolution is only available on the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and Retina iPad mini.

Chatting over text has gotten much better with today’s release. Skype has integrated with Apple’s Notification Center to show incoming messages even when the app is closed. In the past, Skype had to still be running in the background for push notifications to work. Group chats will be receiving the same upgrade in a future update.

  • Jeffrey Dweight

    Well, HD video in video calls is something that couldn’t be imagined several years ago. :)
    Moreover,
    any developer can add a video calling option to any app that he or she
    is developing using
    http://quickblox.com/developers/SimpleSample-videochat-ios – a
    server-side solution from QuickBlox (no need to stick to Skype). It’s a powerful tool and the
    tutorial has also a number of code samples.

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