If there’s one Android manufacturer that gets how important it is to partner with other manufacturers; it’s Samsung. Yesterday saw the unveiling of the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge, a pair of devices that ushered in a lot of changes for Samsung’s flagship line of devices. One thing remained the same though; Samsung bundled a whole lot of stuff with the Galaxy S6. It’s clear that they had a little agreement with Microsoft, with a number of their apps and services pre-loaded onto Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge devices. Now, we’re hearing from Intel that they’ve partnered with yet another Industry giant, this time to offer some built-in security.
As many of you will know, Intel is the owner of McAfee, the company that’s been selling anti-virus software on PCs for decades now, and frequently comes bundled in other free software online. In a press release today, Intel is confirming that McAfee’s VirusScan Mobile software will indeed be preloaded onto the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge in order to keep users safe. In their Press Release this morning, Intel Security heralded a new report by McAfee which detailed a 14% rise in mobile malware in the last quarter of 2014 alone. Clearly, VirusScan Mobile is available to stop this sort of thing from happening.
John Giametto, head of Intel Security said that “We live in an unprecedented era of connectivity, where users are doing just about everything on their mobile devices – from banking to shopping to filing taxes – potentially putting their sensitive data and privacy at risk” and with the help of McAfee’s free software, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge users will be able to enjoy “safe online experiences”.
This certainly isn’t the first time we’ve heard of this sort of software being bundled in with smartphone releases like these, and we’re sure this won’t be the last. To find out more about McAfee’s VirusScan Mobile software, you can take a look here.This is an interesting move for Samsung, while you could argue the inclusion of Microsoft apps offer customers choice, which is always nice, this inclusion from Intel and McAfee doesn’t quite add up. After all, Samsung has their own suite of security enhancements dubbed KNOX, so is there really any need for yet another app like this?