Microsoft Testing A New India Exclusive Dialer App Based On Skype
According to multiple sources of Gadgets 360, Microsoft might be working on a new Skype based app for Android, called Dialer. The app is being developed by the Skype team, exclusively for the Indian market.
This also ties in with the company’s announcement earlier at the start of closed beta testing for an India-specific version of Skype. The expected release window of the app is rumored to be the second week of December.
Dialer is Microsoft’s attempt to capture the markets that are bogged down by connectivity issues like slow and unreliable Internet access. According to one source, India is the testing ground for the app and the company may later launch Dialer in other markets as well.
Microsoft also has plans to release a Windows Phone (Windows 10 Mobile) client of the app early next year, according to another person close to the development.
Internet voice calling through apps, such as WhatsApp and Viber, is pretty common and useful in many Asian countries like India where free public Wi-Fi is not yet common. Skype performance isn’t very satisfactory which means Dialer could very well be a Skype Lite, throwing away all the resource hungry aspects of the Skype app and bloated UI.
It’s still unclear whether the app will support video calls or not like Skype, but it does work on 2G as well as 3G for an improved experience. There is also the possibility that the app might end up becoming a replacement for the default dialer app on Android devices, with Skype integration.