This is kind of cool news for early adopters of the Android OS, on the T-Mobile G1. The first antivirus software for the new open-source operating system is now available. On some levels, I suppose the very fact that an antivirus software is needed is somewhat ‘un-cool’… So perhaps I should recall my initial statement.
The new app is called VirusGuard, and will protect Android-powered devices from spyware, viruses and malware. VirusGuard also lets you scan your device and any inserted memory cards, looking for any nasty or malicious content. You know the deal.
In the company’s official press release, SMobile Systems President Neil Book commented:
“Android’s open-source architecture is fantastic because it allows anyone to develop new applications for the phones running on this system. For SMobile, we believe that creating a virus protection solution is necessary to help thwart the potential for malware attacks that are coming and those that exist today…It is our mission to keep users informed of threats we detect and to protect consumer and business users from the very real dangers that await a potentially exploitable device like the new G1.”
If you want to get your hands on this software, you’ll have to wait a little while. VirusGuard should become available in the Android Market in early 2009. If you don’t mind purchasing from a 3rd-party website, you can pick it up for $9.99 at Handango.