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Last week I told you that Lookout, the popular security app for Android, was teasing a big announcement for this week.  Today their new update began rolling out to users and it came with several new features, but the one getting the most attention is called “Signal Flare”, which allows users to locate lost phones, even when the battery has died.

Signal Flare works by frequently flagging the location of your device so that if the battery dies, or is removed by a thief, you stand a better chance of still being able to locate it.  The company claims to locate thousands of phones every day for their users, but that when the service fails a battery is to blame in 30 percent of the cases.

While Signal Flare is the hot item in version 3.0 of the app, it’s not the only improvement.  Lookout also rolled out a new user interface, an “Activity Feed” that lets you see what’s going on in a single glance at the app dashboard and a “Safe Dialer” protection which protects against dialer-based attacks, such as the one recently seen hitting the Galaxy S3.

For all of these improvements, Lookout remains a free app (there is a premium version as well).  Version 3.0 is now live in the Google Play Store.  If you already have the service installed then you likely have received the update pushed to your device automatically.

NOTE: I should also, in fairness, note that Avast also produces a very good, and free, mobile security app.  Thanks to Milos over at Avast for pointing it out to me following my post last week.

Lookout for Android Has Something Big Planned

Posted by Alan at 5:37 AM on October 4, 2012

While the vast majority of Android users will probably never need to worry about malware contaminating their smartphone, it never really hurts to play it safe by installing something like Lookout.  If you install non-Google Play Store apps then this can be especially important to you and Lookout is perhaps the best option in this genre of mobile software.  If you are already a Lookout user then you may have received a teaser in your email inbox today.

There wasn’t much, well actually any, information about what is coming.  It was simple announcement that stated “Only 7 more days.  GET FIRED UP!  We’re taking mobile security to the next level. Stay tuned!”  Lookout already works as an anti-virus, allows you to backup your data, scans each download, scans new files on your SD card and provides a phone locator service.

So, what could they possibly have in store?  A couple of things come to mind, such as scanning the sites you visit in your mobile browser or perhaps scanning shortened URL’s received in email and texts.  While both of those things would be handy, they don’t seem big enough to warrant a teaser such as this.  We’ll know for sure next week.  In the meantime, if you would like to check out the app then head over to the Google Play Store where it’s available for free.