Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 to bring real-time malware protection to smartphones and tablets with Smart Protect feature

By September 2nd, 2015 AT 1:56 PM

Qualcomm had recently announced its next-generation Snapdragon 820 chipset, which is set to be equipped inside flagship mobile products beginning mid-2016. Now the chip producer has just reported about the Smart Protect mobile security feature that will be integrated into the Snapdragon 820 processor.


The open source nature of Google’s Android working framework offers users with an adaptability to install any application on their devices as per their whims and fancies. Be that as it may, this likewise represents a conceivable risk of getting their gadget tainted by some dreadful malware, particularly the ones originating from applications. With an expanding number of malware and vulnerabilities recognised on Android, Qualcomm is hoping to clasp down on them with its Snapdragon Smart Protect mobile security feature.

In a bid to enhance protection and security on top-of-the-line smartphones, Snapdragon Smart Protect will utilize an on-gadget machine learning capability to identify zero-day malware. The Smart Protect feature will investigate what’s taking place inside a smartphone, and if it spots any sort of irregular conduct, it will caution the users about it. This can be anything from an application that takes photograph when the screen is off or an app that conveys a SMS with no user permission.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 will be the first processor to feature this sort of anti-malware feature right inside the chipset. Qualcomm is planning to present this feature in other lower-end chipsets, however there is no course of events for the same till now. But what the future may hold is unknown for the time being.

While Smart Protect will just work with Android, not every telephone fuelled by the processor will have the usefulness. Qualcomm will be giving the reference client interface and APIs, yet it will be up to the OEMs to assemble the last interface and incorporate in the firmware. Qualcomm is additionally living up to expectations by joining hands with some versatile security suppliers, for example, Avast, AVG and Lookout to bring the Smart Protect abilities inside their applications.

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