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New Skype for Android promises not to drain your battery

Edgar Alvarez, @abcdedgar
March 18, 2014
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If you're anything like us, then you know how valuable it is to have great battery life on mobile devices. Which is why a number of apps, like Skype, need to be monitored a little closer than others -- in particular, ones that are constantly running in the background. Knowing this, Skype's releasing a fresh version, 4.7, of its Android application that changes the way it handles your smartphone's or tablet's battery. "We are introducing aggressive battery life savings that will allow most of our users to leave Skype running without noticeably affecting battery life," said Skype in a blog post.

In order to make this happen, message notifications in group chats had to be turned off by default, though there is an option to flip the switch for folks who would like to continue using them. According to Skype, we've only seen the beginning, as it expects to further improve battery usage in future versions of its mobile app. We'll have to see it to believe it, but hopefully it turns out to be true -- because mo' juice, mo' Flappy Bird.

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