There’s a new reason to turn from your phone to your wearable: Skype is taking over your Android smartwatch with the new Skype for Android 6.4.
Any Android-powered smartwatch with Android 6.4 will now allow its proud user to turn to the wearable as it prompts flashy alerts to let the user know that someone is trying to start a conversation. Chat windows being prompted on the tiny screen can be simply answered with either a voice message, a pre-written text or any text one wishes to input.
With all the hype around the emojis newly introduced by Skype, of course these couldn’t be left out. Any crude sketch that you draw on the tiny screen of the Android smartwatch will be transformed into an emoji and sent to a recipient of your choice. If you want to give it a try, just go to Play Store where Skype for Android 6.4 is being rolled out, complete with all the bug fixes.
Speaking of more to offer, Skype provides more in-call functionality for Android Wear. Users to may mute their conversation, pause, hang up, as well as switch to another incoming call, all from their Android smartwatch.
While Skype support for Apple Watch was already rolled out in April, this new move by Microsoft pinpoints just how serious Microsoft about its intentions to turn Skype into an ever stronger messaging service working across platforms. Google has done a similar thing with Hangouts, so now there are plenty of choices. Or why choose when you can have them all? Or at least those that have rolled out support for wearables, be they Android or iOS.
In the announcement, a few Android Wear devices are named: Moto 360, Asus ZenWatch, LG Watch Urbane or Huawei Watch. This might be an indication of what Microsoft thinks is best equipped to survive in the growing Android Wear market. Nonetheless, the Skype for Android 6.4 update is readily available for all Android Wear smartwatches.
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