Skype for Windows Phone unable to run in the background
The long-awaited Skype app, which was unveiled at this year's MWC as beta, has an issue that will affect any user that wishes to run it in the background hoping that incoming calls would alert for user input. The Verge took a dive into the beta app only to find out that should the app not be active on a Windows Phone, any incoming calls are diverted to a voicemail service.
Skype has informed The Verge that this is a limitation due to the OS itself with how notifications are too slow, stating that it takes too long to process information, open the app, and set up the call to make it practical. Unfortunately it would appear as though the team doesn't have native access and we don't expect this to be something that'll be fixed by the gold build release.
Of course we're all still awaiting integration with the OS itself, which would render the app somewhat redundant. Hopefully native access will be provided for said integration that would allow the team to have the service run in the background. Skype integrated into Windows Phone will add to the selling points for the platform thus Microsoft will need to have an efficient solution for those who use the service.
Another kink in the system is video calling, which is only in landscape mode. What's more strange is should you swipe to the text conversation mid-call the app will then switch the portrait. This is actually something Skype made the decision on and is looking to fix.
Source: The Verge
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As noted by others there are messaging apps already working with background tasks so I don't think Skype are being completely honest.
There is also a video showing the Carbon developers benchmark the different OSs regaring speed, they are all equally fast.
should tell the skype team to either make an option to rotate it or change it out right, its just weird right now
Having an app that can only run once every 15 min sux.
That's not even good for an wether app.
This things need to change for developers to make quality apps.
They have 2 work on speed up app load and response as soon as possible...
I just wonder WTF MS was doing during all this time in coming up with an app for Skype? And let me be clear, I am no more knowledgeable in app development than the dirt on my shoe. This to me just seems like that paper I used to put off doing til the morning of and turned it in half ass done, with the promise of improving it after all the professor has red penned it.
Now, I realize apps don't necessarily have or require a due date. I much rather have them do it right than release some bushleague version. But after all this time and this is the best they could come up with for a beta?