Each mobile device will come packing a free 60-day free trial of AVG AntiVirus Pro for Android, after which consumers will be required to purchase an annual subscription, use the free version or uninstall the suite altogether. It could prove to be a rather controversial move for ZTE, depending on your views of said suites for mobile platforms.
If you're interested in picking a solution to help provide better peace of mind, we've ran through our top free antivirus apps you can download for Android. Google's Adrian Ludwig also touched on antivirus apps in a recent Q&A:
"The protections built into Google Play are very robust [...] In 2014, according to Verify Apps data collected by Google and ignoring rooting apps that were intentionally installed by users, fewer than 0.15 percent of Applications installed from outside of Google Play to U.S. English devices were classified as Potentially Harmful Applications."
Whatever your thoughts are on antivirus products for Android, we're saddened to see the arrival of more (removable) bloat-ware. What are your thoughts on ZTE pre-installing AVG on their smartphones and tablets?
See the press release below for more details.
AMSTERDAM, June 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- AVG® Technologies N.V. AVG, +0.00% the online security company™ for more than 200 million monthly active users, announced today a new global partnership with leading telecommunications equipment, networks and mobile devices company, ZTE, to become a provider of mobile security across its range of devices. From May 2015, ZTE smartphones and tablets come pre-installed with AVG's flagship AVG AntiVirus PRO for Android™ app, giving ZTE customers the peace of mind that they have protection on their mobile devices.
"For many of us, our smartphones have become the primary device that we spend most time with, but ensuring mobile security can sometimes be an afterthought," said Ms. Wang Xuemei, Business Manager at ZTE. "Our customers will be able to rely on our partnership with AVG to help take the worry out of connecting to their favorite websites, apps and using online services through their ZTE smartphones and tablets. We are committed to mobile security and strive to provide the best mobile experience possible to all of our users."
Under the terms of the partnership, ZTE customers will receive a free, 60-day trial of the AVG AntiVirus PRO for Android™ app. After the trial, they can either choose to keep the enhanced features by purchasing the annual subscription or retain AVG AntiVirus FREE for Android™, which still ensures their smartphone or tablet will have core protection.
"There's huge momentum in the adoption of mobile services in key emerging markets. The flipside of this growth is that it attracts attention – for example, we recently identified a new vulnerability in a popular app that could easily be exploited by hackers to become malicious," said David Ferguson, Senior Vice President, Revenue & Business Operations, AVG Technologies. "As we focus on helping to secure people, devices, and data across the globe, this partnership will ensure that new and existing mobile users have peace of mind by being protected from the outset, whether simply enjoying their favorite games or using useful online tools for banking or shopping."