AVG goes mobile with DroidSecurity purchase
Droid-phone-1 So it was announced today that we have bought the Israeli-based mobile security company DroidSecurity.
This is a great move for us as it gives AVG’s Mobile Business Unit a great opportunity to extend its security solutions to our 110 million consumers and small businesses in 170 countries.
DroidSecurity has already got a good foothold in the mobile security arena recently passing the 4.5 million-user threshold for its mobile security app, antivirus free, available on the fast growing Android Marketplace.
This milestone reflects the explosive growth of ™Android smartphones and apps and increasing security consciousness of Android users.
A recent study by research firm NPD Group, shows how the Android operating system has continued to shake up the US mobile phone market as Android OS edged out Apple’s OS during the first quarter of 2010.
The number of apps available on the Android Marketplace is also expected to continue its huge growth as Google facilitates the development of mobile programs for Android with do-it-yourself platforms such as its recently-launched App Inventor, making it simple to create programs and apps.
This strong momentum for Android is being shared by DroidSecurity and is evident in the company’s recent user stats, which show that it has had 700,000 downloads of its antivirus free app in October alone.
Of the 100,000 plus apps currently available on the Android market, DroidSecurity antivirus free consistently ranks in the top 50 most popular apps. It estimates that over 10% of all Android mobile devices today use DroidSecurity, making it the largest provider of anti-virus apps for the Android market and among the fastest growing apps today.