Samsung, Lookout ink deal to solve Android malware

London, Sept. 5 : Samsung has reportedly joined hands with San-Francisco based Lookout's software to tackle the increased vulnerability of Android powered handsets to malware threats.

As Samsung holds a major share in the smartphone market, it will receive improved protection to its Galaxy-branded Android devices apart from tablets.

According to the BBC, the feature will be targeted at business users as part of the firm's forthcoming Knox security product, announced in February.

Recently security analysts found a bug in the Google powered Android OS making it vulnerable to malware attacks and attributed it vulnerability to the system's popularity which is used in maximum share of smartphones.

Lookout's chief executive John Hering, blogged that malware protection had become increasingly important as one in three companies now allow employees to bring their own devices to work, and whether or not it's allowed, employees are doing so and company data is being accessed outside of the corporate network, potentially putting that data at risk.

Android manufacturer Google itself has taken steps to address the malware issue and banned apps from its Play store which were embedded with viruses and made changes to device without the owner's knowledge or consent.

Samsung began offering its Knox product to selected Galaxy S4 handsets in May and has promised it would be extended to other devices.

Telecoms consultancy firm Ovum suggested that the Samsung's efforts would give the company an edge over other Android manufacturers such as Sony, HTC and LG and assure consumers that it is working towards consumers' safety.

--ANI (Posted on 05-09-2013)

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