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Mobile security partnership forms between AVG and ZTE

This new deal between the two companies will add protection that will be pre-installed on smartphones and tablets.

AVG Technologies has now announced that it has entered into a global partnership with ZTE, a top telecommunications network, equipment, and mobile devices company, in order to pre-install its mobile security protection on those gadgets.

This partnership will pre-install AVG’s flagship antivirus app onto ZTE smartphones and tablets.

AVG’s mobile security app already has a massive number of users, on top of the millions who use its antivirus products to protect their PCs. This new partnership could give it the strength to keep it firmly in place among the device protection leaders around the world. The product that will be pre-installed on the ZTE devices will be AVG AntiVirus PRO for Android ™. App developers greatly covet the opportunity to have their applications pre-installed on devices, as the majority of consumers will stick with the software that came with their gadgts.

This will mean that a larger number of consumers will automatically have AVG mobile security.

Mobile Secuirty PartnershipAccording to ZTE business manager, Wang Xuemei, “For many of us, our smartphones have become the primary device that we spend most time with, but ensuring mobile security can sometimes be an afterthought.” She went on to explain that ZTE customers will now have the protection from AVG, which can “take the worry out of connecting to their favorite websites, apps, and using online services,” through their ZTE devices.

Wang Xuemei also pointed out that this was a direct reflection of the company’s dedication to protecting the devices of their customers to ensure that they will always have the best possible experience while using them.

The mobile security app will be pre-installed on the devices and will be available for free to ZTE customers for sixty days. After that point, they can downgrade their service to the AVG AntiVirus FREE for Android ™ app, which offers a core level of protection, or they can continue at the premium level with the enhanced features for a monthly subscription fee. The customer is given the opportunity to decide at the end of the free trial.

Mobile security firm is acquired by AVG

AVG Technologies has announced its intentions to purchase Location Labs.

The Dutch anti-virus and internet security software company has revealed it has made a $220 million deal to acquire the California-based mobile security firm in an effort to improve its security offerings for mobile devices.

Many of the top mobile operators in the US market use Location Labs technologies.

At&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, and Telefonica use the mobile security company’s integrated platform to provide their Android smartphones with integrated security, which comes as a pre-installed service on the phones.

According to AVG, the acquisition will considerably widen its position as an internet security provider and will also speed up the expansion of its mobile security division. At the same time, by acquiring Location Labs, AVG stated it will not only gain access to personal security products of value, but could also form new partnerships with the four major US mobile operators.

“Location Labs has effectively cracked the code for mobile monetisation through its highly successful business model with industry partners. This acquisition significantly accelerates AVG’s mobile strategy in this area,” said AVG’s CEO Gary Kovacs. He noted that the company is not only unique in the market for providing secure mobile services, but it has also managed to do this in a way that generates money.mobile security - AVG

The deal gives Location Labs the chance to boost its mobile security offerings beyond the US market.

Tasso Roumeliotis, the founder of Location Labs, said that by adding AVG’s mobile products to their own “services and products will significantly enhance the innovation and support we can provide to our partners and to additional markets worldwide.”

Under agreement terms, AVG is to pay $149 million upfront and, based on performance levels and targets, an additional $80 million over the next two years. Before the acquisition takes place, it requires shareholder approval. However, if it is accepted, it is anticipated that the deal will close during Q4 2014.

Presently, AVG’s offerings for mobile security include AVG Zen, which is an app for both Android powered mobile devices and Windows PCs, as well as AVG AntiVirus for Android.