Microsoft is launching an updated version of Skype for Android, one that is optimized for devices running earlier versions of the operating system, providing better audio and video quality for low-end devices.
The new update will optimize the application for Android devices running versions 4.0.3 to 5.1. Microsoft says that this version "is lighter in disk and memory consumption" and that it will provide better audio and video for those devices, as well as better performance when the connection is not as good. The update will be launched around the world in the coming weeks.
The approach is a bit like what Google is doing with Android Go, a smaller version of Android that does not require as much processing power, RAM or storage. They are phones designed to work in areas with limited Internet connectivity, and come with applications designed to work with such limited specifications.
This is not the first communications application that follows this route: Facebook launched Messenger Lite for Android last October, which reduces some of the clutter of the usual application, while Twitter introduced a lite version of its mobile site that uses less data in September. . The emphasis on applications and sites that require less data and higher performance is useful all over the world, especially in places where the latest phone models are not available or are affordable.