Microsoft’s Skype has launched a new version of its service tailored for the Indian market.
Dubbed Skype Lite, the free app is available today to all Android users in India.
“From listening to Skype users in India, we felt we could design a more tailored product for the India market, one which would benefit users as well as the different network infrastructure across the country,” reads a Skype blog post.
“This is why we’re excited to launch Skype Lite, our fastest and smallest app to date. It was built in India, for users in India.”
Skype Lite was designed with the Indian market in mind, offering SMS filtering, mobile data and Wi-Fi usage monitoring as well as India focused Skype Bots.
The app was designed to run smoothly on 2G networks. Because it is small, the app uses less data to send and receive messages, and make and receive voice or video calls, which translates into lower data charges. Skype Lite also conserves data and battery power by compressing photos, video content and other large files.
Skype said it plans to bring Aadhaar integration to the app by June, allowing users to verify the identity of unknown callers.
Skype Lite can be downloaded via the Google Play store.
Check out the app in action in the video below:
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.