Skype for Android updated with security fix, 3G calling capabilities

Skype has just updated its Android app, and it patches a security bug that could have exposed user data and information to third parties. Initial reports surrounding the security issue stated that the application could have been collecting user names, phone numbers, chat logs and a whole lot more. Skype says that it takes user privacy very seriously and that it has fixed the vulnerabilities.

A representative told us, “We have had no reported examples of any 3rd party malicious application misusing information from the Skype directory on Android devices and will continue to monitor closely.” So that’s a bit of reassurance for those who use the app with any regularity.

Additionally, ReadWriteWeb reports:

Thank you for your inquiry. We have extended the support of Skype for Android to work over 3G (and WiFi). This is just part of Skype’s on-going effort to provide consumers with the best Skype experience.    With the large 3G networks and extensive network of WiFi hotspots across the US, Android phone users are provided with many opportunities to use Skype on their mobile phone.

In the US, our partnership with Verizon still allows us to offer Skype mobile™ with an optimized solution on Verizon’s network.  Since March 2010, Verizon consumers have enjoyed Skype on a variety of Blackberry, Android, BREW, Windows Mobile, and Palm phones.   With the launch of Verizon’s 4G LTE network, Skype mobile™ with video will soon be available.  In addition Verizon customers can use the Skype for Android when traveling abroad.

Verizon users have been enjoying 3G calling with Skype ever since its deal in February 2010 (which became available for users the following month), but now it seems that AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile users will get to use Skype for Android over their respective 3G networks. As far as Skype video calling over LTE on Verizon, reports all over the web have stated that the experience is seamless. And who wouldn’t expect that for a network that delivers cable-broadband-like speeds?

[Via: RWW]

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