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EE to pre-install Lookout security on Android devices

EE will be retailing Android devices pre-installed with Lookout Mobile Security in the UK from early 2013. Subsidiaries T-Mobile and Orange will also be offering obligatory anti-malware protection, which operates in the background of an enabled device, providing threat warnings and system diagnostics – much like conventional PC security.

The new sales policy comes as consequence of a “strategic investment” in the security firm from venture capital subsidiary, Orange & Publicis. The deal is reportedly estimated to be worth £12.5 million.

“By partnering with and investing in Lookout, we are ensuring that we will continue to help keep our customers safe in the future, and that the Orange & Publicis fund managed by Iris Capital is supporting a company that is positioned to become a global leader in the digital economy,” said Paul-François Fournier, Orange Technocentre’s executive vice president.

The protected handsets will also be rolled out in France, Slovakia and Spain in 2013.

As for Android device owners that don’t subscribe to EE and its affiliates, Lookout also provides a free-to-download app that provides rudimentary protection for increasingly at risk Android devices.