PORTLAND, Ore. Google Inc. is adding a security software suite from Mocana Corp. to its Android Mobile Platform.
Designed for OEMs using Android specifications for the Open Handset Alliance, Mocana's software suite, called NanoPhone, builds security algorithms into Android smart phones.
San Francisco-based Monaca said it aims to add Blackberry-like wireless security to the Android smart phone. "Smart phones are taking over the cellular phone marketplace," said Kurt Stammberger, Mocana's vice president of marketing. "What's been missing until now has been security. That has made the enterprise and saavy consumers reluctant to embrace the platform."
Mocana's software security suite is currently used on 18 host operating system environments. By rehosting its security algoirithms on Andoid, it claims to offer as much as a 400 percent increase in performance and code size.
"We see security as a key differentiator for Android developers," said Stammberger. "We think there are three important security features that enterprises and consumers care about: confidentiality, protection from intrusion and strong authentication."
NanoPhone adds firewall, virtual private network and strong encryption features to Android handsets without draining the battery, according to Mocana. Besides enabling secure VPN environments hosted on Android, NanoPhone encrypts video and data transmissions, handles virus and malware detection along with digital signature certificate and authentication.
NanoPhone has been certified under the Federal Information Processing Standard, meaning OEMs can more quickly obtain certifications required for government, military and financial service customers.
Gartner Inc. predicts that by 2012 smart phones will make uo 65 percent of all handsets, with sales topping $200 billion.