Microsoft is launching an updated version of Skype for Android devices. The updated version will be optimized to run on low-end Android smartphones, providing better audio and video quality on those smartphones.
— Skype (@Skype) March 2, 2018
The new update will optimize the app for Android devices running versions 4.0.3 to 5.1. According to Microsoft, the new updated version of the app is lighter both in terms of storage consumption and RAM, which is essential for smartphones having low-end specifications. This will result in better overall performance on older smartphones. This will also improve app's performance in areas where there is a slow network connection.
This will be similar to Android Oreo (Go Edition), offering a lite version of Android and Google Apps which are made for phones that have entry-level processors and lower capacity RAM and storage. In the past, Facebook has released lite versions of Facebook and Messenger followed by Twitter that did the same with their app.
The updated version of Skype for Android will be rolled out worldwide in the coming weeks.