A Version Of Skype Tailored For India Is In Works
Microsoft is working on a lightweight version of Skype that is tailored for Indian market. The India-specific app will be designed to work on India’s 2G and 3G networks by consuming less amount of data, and it will also require less computational power thereby supporting large number of mobile phones.
The challenge that big companies face while developing apps is that different users have different smartphones and their app should work the same on all the phones. So the more diversity there is in the users’ smartphones, the difficult it is to support all of them. For apps that work on network, the challenge is even difficult as different users have different speed and bandwidth of Internet.
For example, there is a major difference in carrier plans in US and India.
Microsoft-owned Skype is looking to solve these problems for its app as it develops a version of app to support the whole Indian market. Skype spokesperson Filipp Seljanko revealed the company’s plans in an interview with Indian Express.
“India’s 2G and 3G network, as well as the mix of phones in use, pose very specific challenges for us,” Seljanko explained. “The new application will be much lighter than the one now available, and will require far less computation resources and memory.”
The new application will work smoothly on low-end Windows-powered Nokia’s Asha and Lumia models, Skype hopes. These phones along with other low-end ones are popular in India and by targeting these users, Skype can get large number of new users gaining advantage over competitor Viber.