Skype redesigns its Android and iOS apps with easier navigation, enhanced search, and better multi-tasking

Microsoft today updated its Skype apps for Android and iOS with a big focus on the look and feel. You can download the new apps now directly from Google Play and Apple App Store (iPhone, iPad).

The company says it has “redesigned Skype to be much more natural and intuitive,” although it will take a few weeks for users to determine if that really is the case. While this is mainly an update to the look and feel of the mobile app, Skype has still gained “a bunch of new capabilities to make it even more delightful to use.”

The new Android design is “inspired by” Google’s material design mantra, but doesn’t adopt it completely. Skype specifically says that the app is easier to use on Android phones, but doesn’t mention Android tablets.

Unlike the Android update, the update for iOS includes tablets. The iPad app has gained all the features found in its iPhone counterpart. You can share your location, send large animated emoticons, see web link previews, send and receive photos, interact with notifications, automatically add contacts from your address book, and start a group chat or a group voice call.

Multitasking in the app has also been improved. It’s now easier to switch between your call and chat screens to share photos, web links, your location, and more while you talk.