Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Skype Gets CallKit Support

One of the many features I was looking forward to in iOS 10 was CallKit. Skype for iOS finally supports it. I was really hoping for support on iOS 10 launch day, but better late than never. Most people never noticed CallKit, as it was a developer API. CallKit allows for VoIP apps (i.e. Skype, WhatsApp) to display full screen notifications on the lock screen using the native answering screen for normal phone calls. This is the screen with the "Remind Me" and "Message" buttons, in addition to the "Accept" and "Decline" options (or "Slide to Answer"). In addition, CallKit lets you call through VoIP using Siri. For example, "Hey Siri, call John using Skype." CallKit also allows you to call through VoIP through the Contacts app. One of the best parts of CallKit, is that it allows access to so many different Apple services, like CarPlay and Bluetooth devices. These calls are also recorded in the History tab of the Phone app. Skype for iOS is available for free from the App Store [Direct Link].

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