Skype For iPhone, Google Chrome Updated With iOS 8 Enhancements

With the anticipated interactive notifications, Microsoft has rolled out Skype 5.5 version app for iOS 8 in the iTunes App Store. Finally, Skype’s new version brings many more enhanced features and abilities for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

Skype-5.5-for-iPhone-iOS8Importantly, for those running iOS 8, Skype 5.5 now features an interactive notification channel that lets you answer voice and video calls and open text messages in skype directly from the device’s lock screen and the iOS Notification Center.

These allow you to quickly and easily manage calls and messages from the lock screen, banner notifications, as well as the notification center in iOS.”

How to play with it? For an incoming voice call, you have to swipe left on the Skype notification on the lock screen or pull down the banner notification, so that you’ll be able to answer or decline instantly.

For video call, the option will be to answer it with voice or Video and for missed calls, you wll be getting an option to choose between calling back or sending message. And if you get a text message, you’ll be able to quickly reply by either swiping left on the lock screen notification, or by pulling it down if you’re dealing with a banner notification.

You will have to enable interactive notifications for Skype from Settings -> Notifications. The new version also brings some general improvements. Upcoming versions of Skype would make use of new integrations offered in iOS 8 says Microsoft.

Here’s the complete changelog that lists the set of interactive notifications.

Audio and Video Calls
From the lock screen and the notification center:

  • For incoming voice calls – swipe left on the notification to answer or decline.
  •  For incoming video calls – swipe left on the notification to answer with voice or video.
  • For missed voice and video calls – swipe left on the notification to call back or send a message.

From a banner notification

  • For incoming voice calls – pull down on the notification to answer or decline.
  •  For incoming video calls – pull down on the notification to answer with voice or video.
  •  For missed calls – pull down on the notification to call back or send a message.

Messages
From the lock screen and the notification center:

  • For new messages – swipe left on the notification to reply.
  • From the lock screen:
  • For new messages – pull down on the notification to reply.

You can now download Skype for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on iOS 7 or higher from the iTunes App Store for free of cost.

Speaking about Google Chrome browser support iOS 8 running iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. The most popular alternative browser on iOS, Google’s Chrome now supports third-party app extensions to share and post content. Users can send webpages directly to read-later service Pocket, for instance, or post it to LinkedIn.

Chrome-iOS-8However with the manipulation extensions like that for popular password manager 1password. Google also adds general compatibility and “stability improvements and bug fixes.

Chrome v37.0.2062.60 is available now as a free, 30.3-megabyte download from the App Store.