Skype for Android gets Metro-style redesign

And it's living life in the marginally faster lane

New Skype for Android launches today

A new version of Skype for Android 4.0 has launched today, promising a faster and smoother experience that's more aligned with the Windows Phone version.

The new UI puts conversations at the top with a Metro-style appearance. Skype said, however, that the redesign is more than just a new UI - it's an entirely new app focusing on speedier instant messaging and easier access to contacts.

Nothing on a new iOS version, but Skype did say that "this was only the beginning" and that it will have "more updates in the coming months". Make of that what you will.

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