Trend Micro partners with startups on mobile apps

22 Apr

Trend Micro, a Taiwanese developer of Internet security software, opened a Taipei office Monday together with two local startups as the firm looks to boost its mobile platforms.

Trend Micro is collaborating with mobile services provider General Mobile (GMobi) and virtualization technology developer VMFive. GMobi provides Internet-based services for mobile devices and says there are about 100 million devices globally using those services. VMFive’s primary product is AdPlay, which allows users to try out an app with Web streaming technology before downloading it to their handsets.

The three firms “will focus on developing new mobile applications and business models for the global market,” Trend Micro said in a statement. The companies will target the mobile markets of Taiwan Japan, Russia and Southeast Asia beginning in the second quarter, according to Taiwan’s Want China Times.

Trend Micro will utilize GMobi’s mobile customer base and VMFive’s cloud-based streaming technology to design apps that will appeal to consumer tastes in both mature and emerging markets, the Want China Times reported.

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In September 2014, Trend Micro put together an internal mobile team and has since rolled out two apps to boost mobile security and game performance, said Ted Huang, Trend Micro’s managing director of global mobile business, at a press briefing.

Those apps have been downloaded more than 10 million times globally, Huang said, adding that Trend Micro aims to launch a new app for mobile system optimization in the third quarter of this year.