T-Mobile and Lookout Partner on Device Security
T-Mobile USA today announced that it has partnered with security app provider Lookout, in order to protect T-Mobile Android devices from app-based threats. Lookout's Automatic App Security software will be preloaded on certain devices this year (starting with the LG Optimus L9) and is expected to be installed on most T-Mobile Android phones shipped in 2013. The application will not need any type of set up, it works automatically in the background whenever the phone is turned on. The software will scan downloaded apps for potential threats. Apps that the Lookout software believes are not secure won't install and the device owner will be notified so appropriate steps can be taken. This software and service is free. Lookout and T-Mobile are also offering Lookout Premium, which adds the ability to back-up photos, as well as remotely lock devices and wipe content, for $2.99 per month.
T-Mobile's LG K20 Plus Packs Better Specs
T-Mobile recently rolled out its own variant of the LG K20 and the phone has somewhat better specifications when compared to the Verizon variant of the same handset. The T-Mobile K20 includes the same 5.3-inch 720p display and 1.4 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, but improves RAM to 2 GB of RAM and storage to 32 GB.
Microsoft Adds Security Options to Android Lock Screen
Microsoft recently updated its Next Lock Screen application for Android devices with several security tools. Users can now set either a pattern lock or PIN code to secure their devices.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
Samsung Makes Its Secure Folder A Downloadable App
Samsung today released its Secure Folder through the Galaxy Apps Store. Secure Folder is a protected space for smartphones that can store files, documents, images, videos, or other content that the owner wishes to lock away.
Google to Stream App Content Via Search
Google today said its mobile search tool is now able to show content that may be buried within apps. Google began indexing the content of mobile apps two years ago, and has more than 100 billion deep links into apps such as Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.