Smartphone users in Europe can anticipate the benefits of the Lookout security services, as the company has announced a partnership with Deutsche Telekom.
Lookout currently provides web based, cloud applications for Android, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, as well as iOS based handsets. The download acts as a tracking application, with data backup and virus protection. Lookout has 20 million users and claims to have identified over 1,000 separate instances of mobile malware in 2011 - a significant increase from 2010.
According to CEO John Hering, this is Lookout's first strategic carrier partnership in Europe. Deutsche Telekom has reportedly set up a new base for Lookout, in Berlin, to help drive new collaborative innovation for the mobile security market. Some Deutsche Telekom handsets will be sent out with Lookout preloaded onto the device.
"The mobile environment is increasingly led by downloadable mobile applications, often with people customising their devices with mobile applications from different sources", according to Heikki Makijarvi, Deutsche Relekom's Senior Vice President Business Development. "This drives the importance of security and health on a mobile. Lookout's experience in developing leading-edge security applications for this new dynamic environment makes them the ideal partner for Telekom in this critical new category of device solution."
Lookout is already partnered with U.S. carriers Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile (part of Deutsche Telekom). Consumers in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom can also download the app for their devices.