WTF Skype? Vulnerability Fixed, 3G Calling Added; Still No Video!
If you've only ever used Skype on your Android phone, you probably didn't know that Skype became popular because of its brilliant video calling feature. It's been around on the desktop for years and has recently been released on iOS devices. But, what about Android? Nothing. No video calls, even over WiFi. But, at least they fixed the small security flaw that was unearthed last week and added the ability to make 3G VOIP calls in the US.
Now, way back in January, Skype bought another video calling app for Android, Qik. At the time, I thought this would, "Accelerate Skype’s leadership in video by adding recording, sharing and storing capabilities to Skype’s product portfolio." Oops, that wasn't me, that was Skype's official press release. Considering Skype has video calling working on iPhones, I thought video calling would find its way to the official Skype Android app within weeks. But, three months on, we're all still waiting.
This minor Skype update, version 22.214.171.1243, fixed the vulnerability that could have allowed a malicious app to access contact details, conversation logs, and other information. I will give Skype credit for fixing this flaw within a few days of acknowledging its existence. And, if you haven't already downloaded this update, go do it now. No reason to leave yourself open to potential data theft. Not that it needs to be said, but always be careful when installing third-party apps. If you're not confident of an app's origin, you shouldn't be installing it.