Microsoft launches SkypeLite, has features meant for low-end smartphones
SkypeLite's instant messaging, video and voice calling features are resource based, meant to consume lesser data.
SkypeLite, a made in India avatar of popular video calling app Skype was launched on Wednesday by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. The app, which has features meant for low-end smartphones has been developed at the tech giant's Hyderabad R&D centre, will allow Aadhaar verification in the time to come.
SkypeLite's instant messaging, video and voice calling features are resource based, meant to consume lesser data. “Although, 4G penetration has increased in India, network speeds still drop to 2G and 3G levels often. Skype Lite will be beneficial for users in areas with low data connectivity,” Moneycontrol.com reported Eugene Ho, Director, Product Management, Skype as saying.
These features don't mean that high-end smartphone users can't use the app. Video calling updates to HD quality when the phone is connected to high-speed WiFi networks. To reduce data consumption, the new app features photo compression. According to the network available, the compression feature also lowers the call quality.
The tech giant is planning to integrate Aadhaar-based integration with SkypeLite. With this new feature, users can verify credentials using 12-digit unique identification number. An OTP will be sent to the number registered by the user, through which the account can be verified.
It is reported that such a feature can be used in situations like Skype-based interviews. The Aadhaar data will be cleaned at the end of every call, thereby making the app very safe.
Other than this SkypeLite has many other promising features. There is 13 MB available for Google PlayStore which can replace your default dialer and messaging app on your phone. It will also draw contacts from your phonebook and filter promotional messages to provide a junk-free inbox. It also allows the users for the use of bots and emojis.
The app is available in Indian local languages including Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and Urdu. Microsoft didn't manufacture the app to release in other countries, thus making it the made-for-India product.