Skype for iOS introduces photo sharing, reduces battery drain

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Skype's photo-sharing for iPhone.

Skype released an upgraded version of its over-the-top calling and messaging service for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, adding photo-sharing capabilities as well as performance enhancements.

iPhone and iPad users running iOS 4.3 and up may now share photos snapped with their device directly via Skype, a feature introduced in Skype's app for Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) rival Android operating system in late 2011. "There's no limit on the size of the file you can send, so you can send photos without reaching email size limits or paying expensive MMS charges," said Skype Product Manager Jonathan Watson.

Skype for iOS 4.1 also reduces battery consumption while the app is running in the background, enabling users to track incoming Skype calls and instant messages throughout the day. The revamp additionally accelerates the app start and contact list loading processes.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) acquired Skype for $8.5 billion in cash in May 2011.

For more:
- read this Skype blog entry

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