What you need to know
- Skype Insider Preview just received updates on Android, iOS, and Windows 10.
- The Android update brings the option to listen to and send messages through Android Auto.
- The Windows 10 update adds in-line reply to notifications.
Skype Insiders have some new features to play with following a set of updates. Skype Insider Preview was recently updated for Android, iOS, and Windows 10. Now, Android users can have messages read out loud through Android Auto and answer messages through voice commands. People on iOS can customize their camera background following the recent update, and Windows 10 users can reply to messages through notifications.
Here's the complete changelog from Microsoft (opens in new tab):
- Skype with Android auto? Yes! Let's have your messages read out loud and answer them via voice commands while driving.
- Boring background, Part 2: this time you can change your camera background even on your iPhone and iPad. Available on iPhone 7, iPad 2018, iPod Touch 2019 and iOS 12 or later
- Skype for Windows 10 version 15 improvements: adding an in-line reply to notifications and support for automatic MSA login.
- We've fixed even more notifications bugs in Skype for Android and joining meetings using Meet Now should be also much smoother now.
These new features should make sending and receiving messages a bit easier. Microsoft notes that these updates are rolling out gradually over the next couple of days, so you might not see them right away.
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Unfortunately, you may have a perfectly fine car system that worked with other BT-capable phones, but doesn't support Android Auto. I feel this is an unnecessary and lazy approach by Google, OEMs and developers overall.
Too bad that since Android Auto was completely taken over by Android 10 itself, it is converging to be supported more and more only in countries that are also supported by Cortana. Since AA is losing voice command support outside of English, French and Spanish speaking countries. I am better off by now with Car Play that fully supports my region. And you know what it means when someone is forced to join iOS. You lose them on all sorts of levels. AA now seems to be yet another dead-end platform from my perspective that MS tries to hop on outside of its control that will lead nowhere. Android 10 upgrade became the exact replica of the WM10 upgrade where unsupported regions having a just fine voice command alternative were mugged and left with a promise to be supported soon, that they will never be, have never asked for, and have never needed.
Android Auto is not a dying platform and it is still available in unsupported countries with the same pre-existing voice support post Android 10, its just no longer a standalone app https://support.google.com/androidauto/thread/27902861?hl=en If anything is a dying platform, it's Skype. The horrible, front and center, pay-us-per-text-message-and-phone-call nonsense when competitors are free, is absolutely a non-starter anywhere in the world. The poorly implemented integration with SMS is a non-starter anywhere in the US. The awful contact system and the ridiculous amounts of unsolicited spam on the platform is prolific. Skype for consumers needs to die or be completely overhauled. There's no saving the brand at this point.
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