Skype for Android update finds your friends for you

Skype has introduced a new contact feature on its latest Android version (5.0) that promises to make finding both existing and recently added contacts a whole lot easier on the app.

The feature will enable users to chat, call and share instantly, and although it may not be fully functional yet, we are assured that the update can be initiated now and the service will become available in the ‘coming months’.

Following a prompt to verify your mobile number, the new feature will find all existing contacts in your Phone book who have Skype. They will automatically appear on your list of friends on the app, allowing you to connect with them with just ‘one click’. It will also automatically check your contacts regularly, and when a friend joins Skype they will also appear on your list – making the process of going back and forth from app to phone book a distant memory.

Despite this clever new update being very self-sufficient, Skype reassures us that the users are still in control – and can opt out of the service any time. You are able to decide whether you want your contacts to be synced or not, and can modify the number associated with your account should you not want to be recognised by your phone number.

Skype also promises that after matching your contacts, they will not ‘spam’ your friends or send any unwanted messages that may make the experience much less appealing. The feature is likely to be rolled out to other mobile platforms soon.

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