T-Mobile acknowledges Android is threatened by malware, to preload devices with security app

T-Mobile acknowledges Android is threatened by malware, to preload devices with security app
T-Mobile seems to be worried about the security of the Android phones and tablets it's selling. At least that's what we make out of the news that the carrier is planning to start preloading an anti-malware app on its devices.

T-Mobile has partnered with the famous mobile security firm Lookout to develop the so-called Automatic App Security app for Android devices. The word is that the carrier is to preload it on most of its upcoming handsets and tablets. The app itself will be scanning the apps that the user is downloading to their phone. Automatic App Security will also perform weekly scans to determine if some kind of malware has slipped through the device's defenses. The first devices that are expected to feature the new security app will be the LG Optimus L9 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1).


This seems like a good way for T-Mobile to add some differentiation to its products, but we hope that the app will be very light in terms of system requirements. After all, having an anti-malware app running all the time, especially if it isn't a very optimized one, can have severe effects on performance and battery life.

source: T-Mobile via: Mashable

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17 Comments

1. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

As an Android user, I hope this issue is addressed by Google directly. I do appreciate the effort by carriers, but not sure I trust them to deliver the best solution.

6. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

I'm a big fan of Tmobile probably always will be but this isn't needed especially on ice cream sandwich or jellybean devices. Google is already taking care of this with it's operating system in general. Lookout is great for finding your device if lost but not malware antivirus wise. That application will be always running in the background which will effect battery life which is not needed period. Maybe people who are new to android might need help on this issue us old timers with android already know what to do. I have never ran any antivirus applications on any android devices ever.

14. archangel9

Posts: 233; Member since: Feb 07, 2010

I run mines anyway in the background but like you Rick I never needed it on none of my previous Android phones.I use the one Tmo has but Google has that covered so no worries here

7. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Good move by T-Mobile. My HTC Sensation came pre-loaded with Lookout's security and tracking suite, and while I never lost the phone, it was a very comforting inclusion out of the box, since it is a good app and not much of a battery hog. In contrast, a computer a friend of mine bought came pre-loaded with Norton/Symantec's anti-malware programs, and they were 1) awful 2) resource hogs 3) acted like viruses themselves, 4) not fully uninstallable without going to a hard-to-find portion of their website to download a program to uninstall the final pieces of the program. Ridiculous. Never use Norton's stuff, they've been behind the times since the late 90's

2. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

They need to fix this...this is a big problem with Android

3. The.Dark.Knight.Rises

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Ios and BB are the most secure mobile OS it just that ios is awesome and BB is bulls**t.

5. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

You forgot Windows Phone. ;)

12. The.Dark.Knight.Rises

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

WP is secure? I doubt it

15. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

There is no reason to doubt, it IS secure. Why do yall insist on equating the name Microsoft with viruses? Viruses for windows phone and iOS are closer to zero than Android. I haven't read of any virus or malware for Windows Phone. IOS had 1 incident I can remember. Android? Yeah......

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31286; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Agreed

4. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

How's that "open" working for ya'll?

10. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Great. I have no antivirus and no malware. Best of all... no itunes

11. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Pretty awesome actually freedom is nice can cone with a price but you have options you want black markets its your choice others stay safe. How you like not have an opinion

16. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

I do have an opinion. ;)

17. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

touche lol option

8. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Don't use your Android device to conduct online business i.e. Amazon, eBay, online banking, mortgage etc. My SGNx only gets use for music, games, and of course as a phone. I even went to extent to establish a dummy Gmail account to access the store and unimportant email.

13. The.Dark.Knight.Rises

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

No troll droid users here!!! Oh yeah!!! Look how they backed off in shame!!! You guys suck! Cheap droid users!!

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