Skype for Windows Phone 8 is still in preview, and as such, it’s not exactly the best it can be at this point in time. The team is working on it though, and has provided a new update today that should make your mobile video calling experience more enjoyable.
The Skype team announced today that Skype for Windows Phone 8 now supports HD video calling up to 720p. The video quality has even been improved for those on lower end devices with the app now supporting VGA video. You won’t have to worry about setting up video quality settings either as the app will automatically detect your connection speed and choose the appropriate quality.
Other enhancements to video chat include the addition of a landscape mode for calls, as well as the ability to switch between the front and back cameras during a call.
The People Hub on Windows Phone 8 is now integrated into Skype as well. In other words, users no longer have to start up the Skype app to start calling people. Users can now call their Skype contacts straight from the People Hub.
Skype on Windows Phone 8 will now also allow users to switch between accounts by simply tapping on the profile picture. This change was a result of user feedback and Skype says it welcomes such feedback going into the future as it works to add more features to Skype for Windows Phone 8.
Finally, the Skype team has applied a number of fixes to the app to correct a number of errors that users were experiencing: