AVG Targets Google Android Security with Acquisition
AVG Technologies wants to acquire DroidSecurity to bolster its security capabilities for the burgeoning smartphone market.AVG Technologies has agreed to acquire DroidSecurity to bring its mobile security capabilities in-house. DroidSecurity is focused on protecting smartphones, tablets and other devices running on Google Android from malware. The acquisition enables AVG's Mobile Solutions Team to extend its security offerings for its more than 110 million consumers and small businesses in 170 countries. In October, DroidSecurity's mobile security application, Antivirus Free, passed the 4.5 million download mark, AVG said.
"The potential that exists within the mobile space is extraordinary, and we predict that devices like smartphones will overtake PCs in 2012," J.R. Smith, CEO of AVG, said in a statement. "AVG acquired DroidSecurity to accelerate our delivery of sophisticated mobile security, and provide users around the world with the reliable and secure technology they need to confidently mitigate the risks associated with using mobile devices."