With a download size of just 13MB to help conserve limited space on low-end handsets, ‘made-for-India’ Skype Lite is designed to work on 2G or unstable connections.
The new version of the video and voice-calling app consumes less battery power and runs even on old Android phones. Plus there’s a mode that reduces data usage in video calls.
The app is available in eight languages and can replace your default dialler and SMS apps as well.
A key feature is ‘Bots’ that allows third party software vendors to integrate their artificial intelligence apps to respond to queries. E.g., Andhra Pradesh Transport Authority has deployed a bot within Skype Lite to help users with driving license and registration services for the state.
The Aadhaar verification feature enables users to verify the identity of unknown callers in situations where identification verification is required, including job interviews.
Microsoft points out that Skype Lite was “built in India, for users in India”.