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Skype brings picture in picture video calls to Android tablets

Joseph Volpe, @jrvolpe
December 13, 2013
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For Skype's latest Android update, the company turned to an unlikely source of inspiration: parent company Microsoft's Windows 8.1 OS. Specifically, the Skype team wanted to achieve a Snap View-like feature for Android tablet users and that's just what's rolling out to users today. The new picture-in-picture option allows callers to continue browsing the web, reading email or even playing Candy Crush on their slates while they video chat away. A new pinch to browse alphabetically feature has also been bundled into the update, making it far easier to locate contacts without endlessly scrolling through a list. Existing Skype users should see the update hitting their Android devices soon though, take note, smartphone users will only benefit from included stability and bug fixes. You can't have it all, people.

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