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Skype’s new iOS apps brings Bluetooth support, advertising

Skype has updated its iPhone (s aapl) and iPad apps as of Tuesday, introducing some new features. Bluetooth headsets are now supported on select devices, and video has been improved with image stabilization, but these enhancements will cost you: the apps now display ads for non-paying users.

Ads were also introduced by Skype in its most recent beta version of the Skype for Mac client. The ads in all cases are only seen by users who don’t have a Skype account with active Skype Credit, subscription calling or a Premium plan. Skype is clearly looking to monetize the activity of users from whom it isn’t directly collecting any revenue, and at least it isn’t introducing ads without adding any useful features that appeal to end users.

Skype for iPhone gains Bluetooth headset support for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPod touch 4G, and Skype for iPad will now support Bluetooth headsets on the iPad 2. Skype for iPhone users will also finally be able to view incoming emoticons and send outgoing emoticons, as well. On the iPhone, video call quality will be improved via image stabilization, and there’s also a brand new interface that improves a bit over the original. That should help ease any nausea you may be experiencing from walk-and-talk video calls. There are also bug fixes in both versions, like one that probably plugs the recently discovered hole that allowed access to your Address Book contacts for potential theft.

So Skype is offering a spoonful of sugar to help the advertising medicine go down, but are users interested in this prescription? Let us know if you think the improvements make the ads worth stomaching, or if you’ll be sticking with an older version on your device.

8 Responses to “Skype’s new iOS apps brings Bluetooth support, advertising”

  1. Jerry Smith

    Do not update to this new version. It is absolute garbage. The call history is gone (I used this all the time in the old version). It is completely unresponsive. Sometimes I have to wait 15 to 20 seconds after pressing a button for it to respond. The messaging interface is terrible. It crashes constantly. As another poster mentioned, the multi-tasking is worse than the previous version. It’s almost like they didn’t test this before releasing it.

  2. This new Skype is horrible. On my iphone, I used to be able to multitask with different audio applications such as YouTube while in the middle of a Skype call but now it just ends my call the second I try watching a video :( If that feature was important to anybody as it was to me then I highly recommend not updating your Skype app! Now I can’t watch movies or videos over Skype with my girlfriend anymore :'(

  3. Although, I do like the look of the latest update I have some disappointments as well.

    In addition to the notorious issue with credit not updating…

    1) I used to be able to tell if a message went through based on the font changing from italics to non-italics. That no longer exists, which is disappointing because that is helpful to know when a connection is not so good. Is there some other way to be able to tell if a message has arrived to the recipient?

    2) Why are timestamps so slow to ne added instead of being immediate. That’s annoying.

  4. Unfortunately it’s showing me ads even though I’ve had a monthly Skype subscription for years, a SkypeIn phone number, extra Skype credit in my account, and a business account integrated with it too. It’s this sort of mistake that angers loyal customers like me.