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Orange to Pre-Instal Anti-Virus App into Android Smartphones

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Orange has announced plans pre install a mobile security app into Android smartphones sold in several of its European markets.

Orange is to install the "Lookout Mobile Security" application in France, Slovakia, Spain, and the UK with more markets to come. With Lookout on Orange phones, millions of Orange customers will benefit from protection from malware, data loss, privacy threats and phone loss or theft.

Orange customers will also have access to Lookout's recently launched Signal Flare feature which helps people to locate a phone even after the battery has died. In addition, Orange markets may offer the premium version of Lookout as part of Orange bundles and offers, providing additional protection and privacy controls for customers.

Orange said that in 2011 alone, Lookout located more than EUR5.5 million in lost phones every day -- a figure which is on the increase and which only counts the cost of the lost hardware, let alone the associated costs of losing important data and the time it takes to replace lost data and devices. Depending on the city, Europeans lose their phones between once every two years to twice a year on average.

The deployment will start early next year. Orange is also buying a stake in Lookout through the Orange & Publicis venture capital initiative.

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