Skype relaunches Android app after flaws found in original

Skype has launched an update to its video calling app for Android devices only months after a security flaw was discovered in an earlier version of the application.

AndroidPolice.com exposed the flaw in April, which allowed personal data and other information about Skype users to be compromised.

Skype said it was working quickly to fix the problem in April, and has today announced version 2.0 is available through the Android marketplace.

Skype's vice president and general manager, Neil Stevens, said the Android app was part of a move to make Skype available on a variety of devices.

"We are committed to bring Skype video calling to as many platforms as possible and are delighted to deliver on this with our new updated Skype for Android app," Stevens said.

The app will be available on Android handsets that support video calling, including the HTC Desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia neo, Sony Ericsson Xperia pro and the Google Nexus S. The announcement is one of the first for Skype since Microsoft was given the green light to purchase the service for over $US8 billion in May, when Microsoft said Skype would support products like Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone and business programs like Lync and Outlook.

This story, "Skype relaunches Android app after flaws found in original" was originally published by Computerworld Australia.

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