Microsoft has announced Skype Lite, a new, lightweight version of the popular messaging app for the Indian market. Available for Android, Skype Lite is meant to work more smoothly on 2G networks or areas with inconsistent coverage than its heavier bretheren.

Skype Lite

From Microsoft:

We also listened carefully to user feedback. Skype Lite uses less data and power by compressing large files such as photos and video content and therefore requires less battery power compared to the Skype mobile app. This helps to minimize issues with the app draining the battery, especially on older devices.

Aside from all of the features backing up that "Lite" designation, the new app also packs SMS filtering, data monitoring, and even Skype Bots. In the future, Skype also plans to bake India's national identification number project, Aadhaar, into Skype Lite so you quickly verify who is calling.

If you call India home, you can grab Skype Lite for Android now on the Google Play store and give it a shot.

Download Skype Lite from Google Play