Microsoft’s new Skype 8.0 app is now available on the Google Play Store. The app is currently only available on Android.
Skype 8.0 features a brand new UI courtesy of a complete rebuild of the app. There are new colors, animations and shapes everywhere and it really doesn’t look anything like the old app.
The main screen has three tabs, with the main one in the center being where all your chats reside. The one on the left is called Highlights, which is basically a rip-off of Stories feature from Snapchat. Here you can share your activities during your day and all the photos and videos you upload here appear as a highlights reel for your friends to see.
Capture tab on the right is yet another Snapchat rip-off. You can take a picture here and send to your contacts or add it to your Highlights reel. The editing tools available here, including drawing or adding stickers is straight out of Snapchat with nearly identical design.
The rest of the functionality seems similar to the previous app except for a cards UI that shows these floating cards on screen but so far all we have seen it do is show app tutorials.
The new version is rolling out on Android today and on iPhone in the coming weeks. Windows and Mac will be getting the update in the coming months.