Skype Arrives on Android Wear Smartwatches
A new update enables users to manage Skype conversations on their Android Wear smartwatches. Meanwhile, the Mac version is tweaked for OS X El Capitan.Microsoft is leaving practically no device behind in its quest to turn its Skype app into a mobile must-have. This week, the company announced Skype 6.4 for Android, an update that adds Android Wear support. Specifically, the app now allows users to manage or reply to conversations with a tap or two of their smartwatches, including the Moto 360 and the Asus ZenWatch. Skype for iPhone already supports similar functionality on the Apple Watch. The updated app, available now at the Google Play app store, now displays notifications when users receive a call. However, carrying on a conversation by speaking into one's wrist like the fictional detective Dick Tracy is still a ways off. "Decline incoming calls from your wrist if you're busy and can't take a call at the moment," wrote Microsoft's Skype Team in a blog post. "Or, accept incoming calls on your Android Wear device—and use Skype on your Android phone using the microphone, headphones, or a wireless Bluetooth speaker or headset." During calls, users can also mute, pause, hang up or switch to another call on their smartwatches.
Users can also view and reply to Skype text chats. "You can use voice-to-text by speaking to your wrist. Or, if you're in a rush, you can select from a set of pre-written responses. You can even draw on the watch and respond with an emoji," stated Microsoft.