UK MOBILE OPERATOR EE has teamed up with security firm Lookout to preload the company's mobile security app on all Android smartphones sold through the network.
As part of the deal, Lookout Mobile Security will be preinstalled on Android devices sold by Orange, T-Mobile and EE in the UK, as well as devices on the Orange network in France, Slovakia and Spain. The app will come preloaded on devices from early 2013.
EE and Lookout's deal will see millions of smartphone customers protected from malware, data loss, phone loss or theft. According to Lookout, it saves "more than £4.47m worth of phones every day", probably thanks to its nifty feature that locates lost smartphones even when their batteries have died.
"Orange is taking a leadership position in making security an essential part of the smartphone experience," said Lookout founder and CEO John Hering.
"The combination of Orange's customer focus and international reach and Lookout's innovative approach to security will lead to a superior and safer experience for its customers. This partnership underscores our commitment to the European market."
Paul-François Fournier, EVP of Orange Technocentre added, "It is critical we help protect our customers, and this partnership with Lookout allows us to provide additional protection for our customers without them having to take any action, or become experts on mobile security."
Check out our hands-on with Lookout's Android Mobile Security app. µ