“The SMS functionality on Skype is only available in the US for now”
Microsoft has stated rolling out a new update for Skype and looking at its changelog, the package looks to be a major one. Carrying firmware version v126.96.36.199, the update adds SMS messaging to Skype in addition to a revamped contacts panel and other things. You’ll now be able to receive SMS messages in Skype if you have a Skype Number with Caller ID set up. Sadly this functionality is only available in the US and there too it will be released in a phased manner. There’s no info regarding its rollout in the other markets.
Apart from the SMS functionality, the update brings a new contacts panel to Skype, which offers more control and includes more options for customising contacts. It will also give suggestions for people to connect with under “People You May Know” and allow you start conversations faster using the newly introduced gestures. You’ll be able to start a new chat, go to your recent chats, start a new call, or even change your presence status by simply long pressing the Skype icon on your device. But this feature is limited to just Android devices at the moment running Android 6.0 and above.
Other features include the ability to share files with OneDrive directly from Skype conversations, which can be accessed by clicking the new “+” Add-ins button in a conversation. You can add a phone number to an existing contact from the friends profile and also choose whether to use WiFi or cellular when the app automatically downloads photos. You can even choose not be download them at all. As of now the update is live for everyone and interest users can access it by going to the Google Play store.