AVG's free AntiVirus Android app has stormed past the 70 million download mark on the Google Play store, making it the most used security service on the platform.
The firm confirmed the news in its latest quarterly financial report of Thursday, listing the rapid uptake as a key victory in the company’s bid to expand into the mobile space.
“Mobile is an area of strategic focus for AVG. 2012 was a big year for us in the mobile space and 2013 will be no different,” said AVG operating officer, John Giamatteo.
“The uptake of smartphones and tablets is happening at a phenomenal rate and there are now more mobile-connected devices than people on the earth.”
Giamatteo reaffirmed AVG’s intention to become a key player in the mobile security market in an interview with V3 earlier in the year.
The AVG chief said the rapid influx of mobile malware targeting the Android platform has opened up a brand new security market ripe for the taking. Android is currently the most targeted mobile ecosystem. This largely due to Android’s open nature, with Google choosing to let users tweak and adapt the platform’s code to meet their needs.
This means that users can set up third party, un-moderated marketplaces to sell their wares. The marketplaces have become a hot bed for cyber crime, with Trojan, malicious apps being discovered on a near daily basis.
Worse still, malware laden apps have also been discovered selling on Google’s official Play Store. This is because Google does not pre-vet apps loaded onto the store, with its Bouncer service scanning them after they have been submitted – meaning dangerous apps can be on sale on the store for several hours or even days before being discovered.
AVG AntiVirus Free was unveiled earlier this year at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The tool is designed to protect users from mobile threats offering numerous malware detection and removal services.
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