Skype 5.0 Connects With Android's Address Book
The latest version of the Android Skype app allows users to populate their Skype contact lists with other contacts stored on their smartphones.A month after Microsoft released its "remastered" Skype 5.0 app for the iPhone, the company has turned its attention to Android smartphones. The new version blurs the line between an Android device's native contact list and Skype's own friends list, announced Skype senior product marketing manager, Pierre-Eric Jacoupy, in a company blog post. "Starting with Skype 5.0 for Android, you'll be able to connect Skype to your phone address book. This means it's easier than ever to find contacts you already know on Skype so you can start chatting, calling and sharing instantly," he wrote. Over the next few months, users will be prompted to verify their phone numbers, said Jacoupy. "From there, the app will automatically look for contact matches between Skype and your address book. When matches are found, you'll see new contacts show up in your Skype people list," he explained. Once linked, Skype will sync its contact list as more address book contacts join Skype. Shooting down possible privacy concerns, Microsoft pledges to treat linked address books responsibly. "And rest assured, once you connect your address book, we won't spam your friends," said Jacoupy.
The new feature is not mandatory, nor will it expose one's mobile phone number to the Skype community via users' public profiles. Skype remains "dedicated to making sure you're in total control of your Skype experience," asserted Jacoupy.