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Skype update for Xbox One improves Snap mode and more

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Skype on the Xbox One has just been updated. Fire up Skype on your Xbox One and you'll be prompted to grab the latest version. Today's update introduces a few new features like an enhanced Snap experience and photo viewing.

Here's all what you get with Skype version 1.8 on the Xbox One:

  • Photo viewing
  • You can now answer a call in Snap mode while using other apps using voice controls. This means, if you're watching TV or playing a game and you get a Skype call, when you say "Xbox answer," the call will automatically Snap, and won't interrupt your TV or gaming experience. Or, if you prefer, you can also change your Skype settings to answer a call in full screen.
  • Now, you can view your recent and favorite contacts and make calls directly from Skype in Snap mode instead of having to go into the full screen Skype experience.
  • You'll also see previews of messages you may have received while Skype is Snapped, and easily go to full screen to respond.

We're looking forward to finally being able to view photos sent on Skype from our friends using their mobile phones. This update allows folks using Skype on Windows Phone, Android and iOS to share pictures with those on Skype for Xbox One in either a 1:1 or group chat.

Let us know what you think of the updated Skype for your Xbox One

Source: Skype Blog

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Skype update for Xbox One improves Snap mode and more

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It doesn't actually take that long to open, it's just that it doesn't have a splash screen, therefore in it's place is a 'loading' screen. If they added a splash screen, it would *actually* seem faster.

They should make Skype the Sync mechanism for Party Mode video watching. That way it wouldn't matter which video service you are using, whether its Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO GO, Crunchy Roll or any other, it will sync the on demand videos.  They just need to make an extensible framework for any video service to include in their software.

Used to be able to watch Netflix with friends at the same time on 360. Then that feature was mysteriously removed.

It would also be really cool to share your game stream with a call (group or individual) like you can with Skype on Desktop. Like a private Twitch stream with video chat combined.

The official Instagram app needs more work than the official Netflix app. After almost a year, it is STILL in beta, and is still VERY bad. But yeah, that's not up to MSFT either. :-/

Hello guys... You plz help me last night I updated my Lumia 630 and now its become very slow...it takes a long time in unlocking and shows resuming before the lock screen appears :(

Didnt you install the animated lockscreen stuff, did you ? that thing is awful and makes your phone lagg in the lockscreen

Xperia z3 can connect to ps4 and ps4 controller. Idk why anyone would hardcore game on a phone, even if it is 6 inches, but i guess that's cool?

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Xbox will stream its games to *any* device via SmartGlass before long, trumping PS4 again. It's not rumoured yet, but considering you can stream TV to SmartGlass already, gaming is the very logical next step.

I thought I remembered one of the things that was said in '13, was that Skype on the One would have something like the PS4 remote play where you hand over control of your game to a friend's console so they can help you with a level you're stuck on. Now that Sony has this implemented before the One.... I just don't know anymore. :/