Skype Updates Windows Phone 8 App with HD Video and People Hub

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Skype has released an update for its Windows Phone 8 app, adding HD video for higher-end handsets while also reactivating integration with the People Hub feature.

Skype“In this release, we focused on increasing quality & reliability while also adding new capabilities based on customer feedback,” said Derek Snyder, head of mobile marketing for Skype, in a blog post.

Snyder cited the advanced hardware support of Windows Phone 8 as the reason for being able to integrate the HD video capabilities into the app. Higher-end handsets that can handle the HD video will receive that feature, while lower-end handsets also received an upgrade, with VGA video now available. The app will determine which video quality will run best at any given time based on the phone’s connection and default to that setting.

Version 2.4 of the app also adds landscape mode for calls and gives users the ability to switch between the front- and rear-facing camera at any time during a call.

People Hub Is Back

The second big update to the app is the reactivation of integration with the People Hub feature, which is only available to users with the latest update to Windows Phone 8. The integration with People Hub means that all of a user’s Skype contacts will be listed in People Hub, allowing the user to quickly make Skype calls even when the dedicated Skype app is closed.

Skype had disabled integration with People Hub in January because of bugs and performance issues.

Also in the update, Skype adds the ability for users to switch between accounts without needing to sign out and back in to the app.

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