Our goal is to help everyone experience the best that Skype has to offer, wherever they are in the world. From listening to Skype users in India, we felt we could design a more tailored product for the India market, one which would benefit users as well as the different network infrastructure across the country.
This is why we're excited to launch Skype Lite, our fastest and smallest app to date. It was built in India, for users in India.
Skype Lite is designed to deliver a great Skype performance in challenging network conditions, use less data, less power and enable more users to take advantage of free Skype to Skype calls. As of today, Android users in India are able to download Skype Lite via the Google Play Store, free of charge. It is available in seven local languages: Gujarati, Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.
Because we worked so closely with our users in India, Skype Lite contains many new features which have been specifically designed with this market in mind. This includes SMS filtering, mobile data and Wi-Fi usage monitoring and India focused Skype Bots.
Skype Lite also uses less data to send and receive messages, and make and receive voice or video calls, which saves customers money on expensive data charges. By using less data to perform vital functions, Skype Lite runs far more smoothly on 2G or in challenging network conditions, offering users a more consistent, quality service.
We also listened carefully to user feedback. Skype Lite uses less data and power by compressing large files such as photos and video content and therefore requires less battery power compared to the Skype mobile app. This helps to minimize issues with the app draining the battery, especially on older devices.
Looking ahead, Skype plans to bring Aadhaar integration to the app by June 2017 which will enable Skype users to verify the identity of unknown callers in a variety of situations where identification verification is required, including job interviews, goods and property sale.
Over the past years, users in India have grown to love and rely on Skype, and the multitude of connections and moments they're able to make with it. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to thank our users in India for their support, by releasing Skype Lite to reinforce our commitment to the market.