Smartphone security apps are on the rise as Android malware climbs

Ina Fried, Recode:

Among those seeing the biggest boost from the trend is Chinese app maker Cheetah Mobile, which saw two of its utility apps crack the top 10 in Google Play downloads in December...

Meanwhile, security software company AVG, which has been seeing strong downloads over the past year, saw its app climb up the revenue charts...

The interest comes as Android malware is on the rise. Lookout, another big player in mobile security, said Android malware in the U.S. rose 75 percent last year.

Who says there isn't money to be made on Android apps? On a more serious note, as Steve Jobs once said:

Products are about trade-offs, and you have to make tough decisions. You have to choose.

Google made certain trade-offs that resulted in Android's current malware problem. Those trade-offs drove rapid adoption at the expense of customer security.