Microsoft is unveiling a new version of Skype for Android on Monday, with a redesign that looks more like the company's Windows Phone variant. The new design includes a "Metro" look and feel with flattened UI elements and the usual blue and white elements found in Skype for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Skype claims the new Android app is a lot faster, with improvements to trigger quick messages and access to contacts and favourites.

There's no mention of a refreshed Skype for iOS, but given the focus on aligning the user interface it's likely that a redesign is on the way. "This release is just the beginning," claims Microsoft, promising more updates in the months ahead to improve Skype for Android.