Jun 09 AT 7:56 PM Anthony Domanico 16 Comments

Norton releases Smartphone Security beta app for Android

Norton security, a subsidiary of Symantec Inc., has announced the release of a new beta application for the Android platform. Norton Smartphone Security provides Android users the ability to remotely lock and wipe their device in the event their phone is stolen, Norton-strength protection against malware, and the ability to screen calls from unwanted callers.

Though other applications mirror several of the features found in the Norton application, Norton is the first major company to launch such an application. With the strength of both the Norton name and the inherent resources Norton has by being such a large company, Norton Smartphone Security may very well become the gold standard for mobile security apps on Android. If nothing else, they should be able to provide strong competition with existing applications.

The Norton Smartphone Security application is a 90-day trial, meaning this service will not likely be free once the final version is released. No official pricing has been announced as of yet, but we will keep you informed once we learn more. More details including a full review will follow once we have a final version in our hands. In the meantime, head over to Norton’s Android site for more information on the Smartphone Security app.

Source: Symantec

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  • http://Website Name (required)

    How are we supposed to remotely lock and wipe our phone if it is stolen. No login website to do it

    • http://Website William

      If you open the app, at the top, it allows you to set it up.

  • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

    You can send a text message to your phone with the word “wipe” or “lock” and a passcode you set up.

    The only problem I see is that in order to lock your phone, you need to disable USB debugging.

  • http://Website sam

    That remote wipe wouldn’t work if the thief simply removes the sim card..I guess that’s one advantage of CDMA?

    Seriously though, does one really need protection against malware on a phone?

  • Dave K

    I use Mobile Defense instead. It’s free.

    https://www.mobiledefense.com/

  • http://Website droidwolf

    Yet again anothere app I can’t get I hate android 1.5 moto cliq

    • http://Website noriega713

      I know how you feel I’m in the same boat as you… but just a few more weeks right…

  • Killa

    I don’t mean to be rude here, but it would be nice if you mentioned that 2.x or later was required.

    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

      Don’t worry, it’s not rude. This is one of the rare cases where the version number is clearly laid out on the company’s website, but I forgot to include it. My apologize for our omission.

      Norton Smartphone Security does require Android 2.x. Fortunately, 2.x is available or will be available shortly on most Android devices.

  • SpykeZ

    LMAO! They’re the worse AV on the PC leaving harmful files to other AV’s on your computer even after uninstalling it, which can take hours to clean up, worse detection rate EVER and now they wanna ruin our pretty androids too? Screw all that. I’d rather a rapist take pics of his devious acts with my phone and send it back to me than install this crap.

    • http://Website Dave

      I was going to say I spent a Saturday getting rid of Norton on a computer a few years ago and don’t plan to let them anywhere near my phone; but, you are much more colorful.

    • http://Website Usman

      I was thinking along the same lines. All of their PC software hogs resources and is unreliable..why would anyone want that crap on their smartphone..?

  • http://Website Crunch

    That used to be the case, not so anymore.(still using Avast though)

  • http://Website William Furr

    So next month are they releasing the smartphone viruses ™ to make this app mandatory?

  • http://Website Name (required)

    just tried it, freaking sucks.

    sticking to wavesecure

  • greedoe

    I was going to say that WaveSecure seems to do everything Norton promises and it’s free… and not Norton, which is a bigger bonus!

  1. Name (required)Guest 5 years ago

    How are we supposed to remotely lock and wipe our phone if it is stolen. No login website to do it

  2. You can send a text message to your phone with the word “wipe” or “lock” and a passcode you set up.

    The only problem I see is that in order to lock your phone, you need to disable USB debugging.

  3. samGuest 5 years ago

    That remote wipe wouldn’t work if the thief simply removes the sim card..I guess that’s one advantage of CDMA?

    Seriously though, does one really need protection against malware on a phone?

  4. I use Mobile Defense instead. It’s free.

    https://www.mobiledefense.com/

  5. droidwolfGuest 5 years ago

    Yet again anothere app I can’t get I hate android 1.5 moto cliq

  6. I don’t mean to be rude here, but it would be nice if you mentioned that 2.x or later was required.

    • Don’t worry, it’s not rude. This is one of the rare cases where the version number is clearly laid out on the company’s website, but I forgot to include it. My apologize for our omission.

      Norton Smartphone Security does require Android 2.x. Fortunately, 2.x is available or will be available shortly on most Android devices.

  7. LMAO! They’re the worse AV on the PC leaving harmful files to other AV’s on your computer even after uninstalling it, which can take hours to clean up, worse detection rate EVER and now they wanna ruin our pretty androids too? Screw all that. I’d rather a rapist take pics of his devious acts with my phone and send it back to me than install this crap.

    • DaveGuest 5 years ago

      I was going to say I spent a Saturday getting rid of Norton on a computer a few years ago and don’t plan to let them anywhere near my phone; but, you are much more colorful.

    • UsmanGuest 5 years ago

      I was thinking along the same lines. All of their PC software hogs resources and is unreliable..why would anyone want that crap on their smartphone..?

  8. CrunchGuest 5 years ago

    That used to be the case, not so anymore.(still using Avast though)

  9. William FurrGuest 5 years ago

    So next month are they releasing the smartphone viruses ™ to make this app mandatory?

  10. Name (required)Guest 5 years ago

    just tried it, freaking sucks.

    sticking to wavesecure

  11. I was going to say that WaveSecure seems to do everything Norton promises and it’s free… and not Norton, which is a bigger bonus!