That’s correct, Microsoft-owned Skype on Tuesday issued an update to their free-of-charge iPhone application in the App Store, bringing a handful of enhancements related to chatting on both your handset and the Apple Watch.
In addition, web link previews are now available in your chat, courtesy of Skype 5.13 for iPhone. When you paste a URL into the chat window, the mobile application will now provide a preview of the website similar to Facebook. Previews are available when you send or receive a web link and support video content, blogs, news websites and many other types of web content.
Skype’s iPhone app already includes a WatchKit extensions for Apple Watch compatibility, but their feature set leaves a lot to be desired. For instance, why can’t users reply with dictation?
However, the Skype team has addressed many complaints. Starting now, you can reply using speech-to-text, start conversations with your favorite Skype contacts and manage incoming calls, all on your wrist.
When a new message hits your wrist, the Apple Watch app will now offer you a new option to dictate a reply. In addition to speech-to-text, Skype for Apple Watch also supports canned responses and the full set of emoticons.
This section is for accessing contacts on Skype that have been favorited. Just tap on a contact to see their information or start chatting right away. To favorite a contact, go to Skype for iPhone app, swipe to Favorites and tap Add Favorites at the bottom of your list.
And finally, Skype for Apple Watch will now alert you of incoming calls, not just messages. However, it is not possible to conduct Skype VoIP calls directly on your wrist due to limitations of Apple’s software development kit for Apple Watch development.
You can get this app for free in the App Store.