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We take a look at the new Skype UI for BlackBerry 10 - and it's real sweet!

By James Richardson on 26 Oct 2013 08:33 am EDT
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Skype (Preview) for BlackBerry 10 got a bit of a overhaul recently which we posted about. What we didn't show you though is the BIG improvements to the user interface which now make the Android port much more BlackBerry 10 like. 

Without wanting to sound too negative, the 'old' version was a bit drab, however things are now beautiful and with lots of swiping action going on it certainly feels more like a native BlackBerry 10 app than it actually is. 

As you will see in the video, once Skype is opened you have three tabs at the top of the display. These are Recent, Favorites and People. As well as being able to tap on them you can scroll left and right between them - which is a great improvement. To add a person to your favorites list you just perform a long hold on the contact where you will have three options that pop up in a box. These are: 

  • Add to favorites
  • Block contact
  • Remove contact

Down at the base of the display are two icons - one for the phone dialer and one to search for contacts. Jumping into the overlay menu (three grey dots) will allow you to add people, add a number, mark all read , sign out and also access the settings. Settings are not too different - you can alter the options for signing in automatically, syncing contacts, notifications plus more. 

But it's all about the UI with this latest version of the app and what an improvement it is. Nice work Skype - or BlackBerry. The new update rocks!

More information/Download Skype for BlackBerry 10

122 comments

Arabianhorse

This looks great. Thanks

SQN 100-4 v10.2.0.1761

ianbordas

Not available on 10.1?

Posted via CB10

KemKev

Why are you still on 10.1?

justinian2220

Because not all of us don't live outside the United States.

Posted via CB10

raxamillion

Best. Mom and of the language...EVER!

Posted via my sexy white Z10 STL100-2/10.2.0.1791

raxamillion

Spell check, was meant to say best command of the English language....EVER....the irony.

Posted via my sexy white Z10 STL100-2/10.2.0.1791

ballsjr

Well maybe you should

Posted via my white Z10. LG banter- blackberry bold 9900- Z10

J09GTSGraphite

Not even I have 10.2 yet from my (canadian) carrier MTS here in Manitoba (regional carrier).

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Kennedy.L

What do you mean "Not even I"? Nobody expected someone in Manitoba to get 10.2

dmcake

Worst app ever installed since I bought my z10. Crashed after first use. Screen went black. Tried re installing but froze up half way through install. Would have been nice to have! Needs a lot of work.

Posted via CB10

justinian2220

For real! They just needs to suck it up and rebuild from scratch.

Posted via CB10

hf199

It's super slow responding to actions

Posted via Harry

greenberry666

Skype, sshmype.

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Sinnaz0790

You got 10.2? You should try it now it's a lot smoother I was frustrated with the 1st version since the update it works nice

Posted via CB10

pick1eberry

Does it still eat battery?

Posted via CB10

newfie1974

Thanks for the video. Nice Z30.. wish i could get one.

Brian Persaud

I love Chinese food

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Hidjk

Real Chinese food or American Chinese food?

Anybody seen my neighbors cat he's been missing for awhile now. :o)

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opalma

This version fix the issue with duplicates contacts?

dmcake

Yep. 10.2. Latest rogers update. Very bad.

Posted via CB10

ablefunzo

Hi DM Cake,

The Android apps since update is not working. Does it have something to do with the carrier? Do you have to call Rogers?
Thanks,

Posted via CB10

Brian Persaud

It's nice but as you can see from the video it lags alot. They really need to work on a proper app. I still prefer to boot up my Android to make calls than use this.

Posted via CB10

usman_hidayat19

Yes it is now working with new runtime from 725 without connection issue, Nice!!

Posted via CB10

agesparza

It is working great and looks great. Had to delete/add a couple times but after it started humming it's solid..

Posted via CB10

textngo

The new UI looks great, I really hope they improved performance with this update because the last version left me not liking Skype as much as I used to (Nightmarish)

Siya10

Is it still a battery killer?

Posted via CB10

diggin4aliving

Working good for me!! Nice job!

BerryRipe

So the update is only for 10.2?

Posted via CB10

mnhockeycoach99

Appears to be as I haven't gotten a notification in the past two days on my Q10 running 10.1, and I don't get the option to update when I go into Skype in BB World. It would be nice if it was noted accordingly in the article...

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MarsanP01

Not working with z10 and 10.2 xxx update ( after install update Skype yesterday)

Post by Z10

asiayeah

Same here on Z10STL100-2/10.2.0.1791. Basically I cannot run all Android apps as the Android runtime crashes upon startup.

damien kupuku

reboot your phone wait 2 or 3 min to let phone settle, if it still crash just side loade the same runtime(see the leaked os 10.2.1.1791 thread) reboot the fone ,wait 5min your runtime should work

tombstonebb

I have no idea what version this article is referring to. "New" isn't exactly a descriptive word when doing a story on software. A version number is a more effwctive method of referring to the "Latest" release.

I don't see an updated version on BlackBerry World. I have the latest; Version 3.2.439.50 which was released in June. BlackBerry World also shows the same version. I don't see any of the features described in this document on version 3.2.439.50 either.

T-Mobile - Florida
BB Z-10
10.1.0.4200

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macberry33

The update is only available for 10.2 users.

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Xopher

Wouldn't it make sense to list 10.2 in the article then? Same thing in the release notice article about the new Skype. It says for all devices, but doesn't say anything about it being just for 10.2.

dosto

Agreed.

@dunaway - Posted with TMO Q10 via CB10

ngocphamm

Absolutely agree. I was confused not seeing any update on my phone. US people don't get the 10.2 yet.

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BionicKris

Yep. Mentioning that it is for OS10.2 would eliminate a lot of questions.

...still on OS10.1 myself here on AT&T. I'm looking forward to the official 10.2 carrier update whenever that happens.
(tick, tock, tick, tock)

Posted via CB10

ddlax22

It might have something to do with you still being on 10.1

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KemKev

I have been using Skype 4.0.0.22082 for a while now on OS 10.2. Obviously, the version you refer to cannot be the latest. As a matter of fact, the latest update in the Google Play Store was on October 14th. Try sideloading that one.

pick1eberry

New version is 4.50 I believe.

Posted via CB10

makmentoba

Working smoother..keep up BB

Posted from my large Z30 with CB10

blackberry.brandt

Cannot update yet! No updates for me :(

Posted via CB10

Alooi Divona

Even though it's still an android port they've managed to remove the Android bar, it's doesn't show when swiping from the top of the screen. Instead they put the navigation bar within the UI of the app .

It's great

Posted via CB10

Alooi Divona

Looks like they didn't remove the androids bar, maybe it's an issue I got >.< but it's nice anyway

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spoonman9696

No android bar on my version

cletis

Isn't the display of the Android bar a persistent property of the Android runtime itself, and independent of any one Android app?

Snake785

I noticed that Skype syncs contacts even if it's set to not sync in the app. The only way for me to have them disappear is to uni stall Skype.

Maybe there is some combination of things I need to do to have it installed and not sync my contacts but I haven't come across it yet.

Other than that, the new Skype does perform quite well with OS10.2 and it looks good.

Posted via CB10

pineappleqwer

So this is the updated android app which they released around July 1st for android and iOS?

There is nothing about it being written for BB10?

Coffee Shampoo

I think they modify the app's code to some extent so it runs smooth on BB10

Posted via CB10

farmwersteve

I hope this is the kick in the ass BlackBerry needs to get bbm video and bbm Voice out to the masses asap

Posted via CB10

asiayeah

I can't try it on my Z10STL100-2/10.2.0.1791. After I upgraded my Z10, I could no longer run any Android app. The Android runtime simply crashes.

damien kupuku

just side load again the run time, just extract the 2 android shell from this
https://mega.co.nz/#!vgwSiTZb!EA7Df0FcupGEhWaQDtLrsRLxEMF_IJ_M0O2i3DnUaao
reboot your phone and wait 5 min

JimmyMezaR

It seems that Skype don't want to be under BBM.
BBM should improve its service. It should add calls and video calls for android and iPhone.
That would be good reasons for android and iPhone users to use BBM.

Posted via CB10

pick1eberry

I'm sure that will happen quite soon.

Posted via CB10

JuiciPatties

This update works fine for me. It is much better than the version we had before.

One small pain in the a$$ issue for me though is that when sending a contact an instant message, it does not send when you hit the carriage return on the keyboard. You have to hit the send button on the screen. Is there a way to change this? I couldn't find it. I'm not writing full paragraphs and don't see the need for the carriage return. If I do though, I think it should be similar to the desktop version where I believe it is a shift+return to perform this action.

Mutnat

YES, this is my big complaint with this update too. I'm pretty sure the original version had an option to send on enter, but I can't find it here. :( Also, the addition of ads is annoying--hopefully there is a premium ad-free version at some point.

prescott19

Nice update to the software, UI looks like Skype for Windows 8 actually.

Straight from the Z10 in my hands.

Drmoe

Sounds good. Might try it out one day!

Posted via the best phone ever. The white Z10.

Nogol

10.1 z10 and app world not showing any update . Could it be a regional thing?

Posted via CB10

spoonman9696

definitely a big step from the previous version. Other oner took 15 seconds just to load up and sign in. This is much faster

dougsymon

Feels like windows phone. Would be good if they designed one for blackberry.

FoxieCleopatra

I don't have an update for it in app world

Posted via CB10

JuiciPatties

It wasn't shown as an update in my world. You have to go into the original Skype (preview) and when you do, it shows an update. At least that is how it was for me.

damien kupuku

it's for 10.2 os, if you are in this case uninstall the one you have and download again, or check the menu from dowload page scroll down, you'll get "other apps fron dev" click on it, you'll get the up date

Kurt Fathul

Why u didn't put on some video call test too? Did it work smoothly?

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damien kupuku

it's working flawselly, i've been using it on Q10, video call is perfect, sound is clear

Shak0530

Anyone else having issues using Skype after os 10.2 update?

zten

Terrible app, android ports are awful

Posted via CB10

zten

Why the he11 is it still preview, garbage

Posted via CB10

ubrown

Add pin:2B601967 people

Posted via CB10

lmart

Definitely an improvement.

Posted via CB10

Parrillas NY

Why i can't get the update of the Skype 4.4.507.33580 in the BB World, simply does not appear

namit jindal

My skype version is 3.2. The update option is not there. Please help. Using STL100-1 os10.1

Posted via CB10

pick1eberry

U need 10.2

Posted via CB10

namit jindal

Okay thanks. I'll probably wait for the official version coming out this week

Posted via CB10

deercreekmichael

I just tried this on my Q10 and found it too slow compared to the other apps on the phone. I stopped using Skype 6 months ago anyway so it's not that important to me.

djraz_official

Skype. Pfft forever to log out. Useless service. Get everyone to bbm. Then all good. No need for Skype

Only a fool thinks they know me.

deadcowboy

I've used the new Skype interface, and it's cumbersome. Definitely "more" bb10-like. But almost unusable at the same time. I'd love cascades, but if BlackBerry can bring BBM video chat to iOS, Android, AND Windows Phone, then there will be no need (though I'd love a desktop client).

danielrivers

Assuming you don't have special chars in your password.. if you do you can't login! :(

Posted via CB10

Winston Loh

Cool...need to update now... ;-)

Posted via CB10

LyBerry

UI updates are welcome but I need performance updates. Glad someone said the latest version on Android is available for sideloading. I may do that. The one in BlackBerry World didn't work properly when I was trying to video chat with someone on an S4. I won't be holding my breath for a native version coming for us anytime soon.

Posted via CB10

justinian2220

Blackberry just needs to add BBM video and multi person video chat along with channels to cross platforms and it will decimate Google Hang out and Skype. Just put the nail in the coffin blackberry and wipe Em out.

Posted via CB10

TioPepe78

The only problem I've found for this app is that it doesn't set you as busy for phone calls, so a lot of times a phone call gets it when in a skype conference and the skype goes to hell. They have to set the phone busy and block incoming calls sending them to voice mail or busy tone.

Z30Man

I will give it a try.

Posted via my BlackBerry Z30.

ya3goub

Doesn't work properly, if only my carrier hasn't disabled BBM voice / video I would have never used this crappy app.

Posted via ZCB10

ya3goub

Yes running on 10.2.
Can't answer calls, a lot if app not responding messages with Wait and Force Close, freezing black screens...

Posted via ZCB10

koool1

It's crashed on me twice now but it does seem better.

Posted via CB10

emmuniz1

Is this update is for devices running 10.2?

At this time has not shown on my BBW...

Please feedback, thanks!

#BB10Believe #BlackBerryNation #BB10Army #BB10Freak #KeepMoving #TeamBlackberry #BBMCrossPlatform #BBM4All #IChooseBlackBerry10

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somer19

Much better than the previous version, still needs some improvements but gets the job done for now .

dejanh

This user interface has been on Android for a while now. Just saying.

Posted via CB10

JimCanuck

The UI has been on all Android 4.x initially released last spring, but this is a port of the recently released 4.4

europolska00

The new UI is great and it is running very smooth for me. I will use it for family over seas. But, I must admit, the video quality all though good is now where as good as BBM video. It is smooth just the quality is not as crisp.

Posted via CB10

sonicpix

Ya euro...that's sort of what I think. The bbm video is good plus everyone that matters to me have BlackBerrys. So I don't have much use for Skype.

BB Proud

JimCanuck

You can set it to show tech specs during a video call. On the Z10 it will go up to 512 x 288 (sort of half-1080p) - a significant improvement over the 320 x 240 (or lower) sent in the Preview release. But I do believe that BBM Video is running at either 720p or 1080p. While it is very good, what you get on this version of Skype for BlackBerry 10 is quite acceptable.

sonicpix

I downloaded it, upgraded it, and still haven't used it.

BB Proud

StephenUSA

The October update does not seem to be available for my Z10 v10.1

sanjk1

Be nice if my runtime actually worked so I can actually see what the update is like

Posted via Vader10

hegemonia

strange sound worked for me both video and audio conversation over wifi (not the same access point or internet I talked with my brother 800 km away

Posted via CB10

misterabrasive

Should have been stated in the article that it's for 10.2. All you CB bloggers should realize that not everyone is on 10.2. Many of us do not have access to official 10.2. I.E. Verizon Z10! Don't talk to me about leaks either. Also everyone who asks the same questions about what version it is for ought to take a moment to actually read the other comments!

Never, but Never, Question the Engineers Judgment!

mrneo3277

Truthfully, phuck skype,BBM IS THE BEST,THEY HATTED ON BlackBerry, DIDNT WANT TO MAKE A NATIVE FOR BlackBerry 10,SO FUXK EM(thats not a typo)

Posted via CB10

Killjoyhere

Love it

Posted via CB10

naviwilliams

I wish they'd get rid of ads in these aps. I'd even be willing to pay for the app to NOT have ads! 

pvhunt

Nice but with big issue: cannot display Vietnamese Unicode font.. All turned to "square" and unable to read.
Same happens with sideloaded 4.++ android version.

dearsina

The #1 question everybody will want to know: Does it kill the battery any less than the old version did?

Rajmessi

Will this work on the blackberry playbook? *fingers crossed* wouldn't make sense if it wasn't

andy957

James, can you fix the typo in the first sentence "Skype (Preview) for BlackBerry 10 got a bit of a overhaul"...

That should read 'an' overhaul.

Sorry, I'm a writer by profession and these things jump right off the page at me. ;)

sedatandic

hi all I downloaded the new Skype but the problem is that it syncs all contact from Skype to my phone book even though I chose "not to sync" from the settings. its really annoying
can anyone suggest how to do this ?

Ricardo Cabrera

Works fine for me, with OS 10.2 updated with Sachesi. The only question I have, is possible to use the enter key for send the message?

Shyene88

I updated my AT&T BB Z10 (STL-3) to the OS version 10.1.0.4181 (through Sachesi) last week; but sadly, haven't got the Skype update pushed to my through the BlackBerry World (tried checking many times).
Is it because of the leak I updated to? Or is it some other issue? Or does it need BB OS 10.2?
Please help.

On the official BB World link (http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/26382880/?countrycode=US...); it shows the new version of October 25, 2013 (Skype version - 4.4.507.33580) is for devices running OS 10.1.0 and up.

JimCanuck

Go to that link and you will see: Required Device Software: BB10 Smartphone: 10.2.0 or higher

JimCanuck

If you go to BlackBerry World you will find that the Preview moniquer has been removed; it's just "Skype". This is a full port of the recently released Skype 4.4 for Android, including new features such as video messaging. It needs OS 10.2 as it needs the new Jelly Bean Player for best performance. There is some native integration using Notifications and Contacts integration.

So you can remove the word Preview from the first sentence.

habachi81

Does anyone know how to use the back camera when sending a video message? Since I've updated I can't find any way to switch the camera when I'm sending a video message.

Posted via CB10

JimCanuck

Currently this is the case; keep tuned for a future upgrade that allows camera switching in video messages. You can switch them in a video call.

Angel Velinov

Verry good

Posted via CB10

rosalinda antonio

Can you please help me how to install skype to blackberry z10..i don't know to install it..

Posted via CB10