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Qualcomm beefs up phone security with Smart Protect platformPhones equipped with Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor may come with a new security feature that protects them against malware and data leaks.
[MUSIC] Hi everybody, I'm Lynn La for CNET and right now we're going to take a sneak peek at a new security feature that will accompany mobile devices equipped with the upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor. The service is called Smart Protect and it provides another layer of security for your phone against Malware and user data leaks. Because its functionality is based on the hardware level of Qualcomm's processor, the platform can detect abnormal, or suspicious app behavior from a more holistic point of view. Now what we see here is just a reference user interface but it provides an example of how this service can detect an alert when an app is accessing parts of your phone that you didn't grant it permission to. Like accessing your microphone,your camera or your calendar information. It also detects when an app that you did grant certain permissions to is accessing your phone in an abnormal or unnecessary way. It will also alert you when your phone is pushing out data or text without user interaction and when it's pushing apps from the background to the foreground. Now, Qualcomm is providing this platform in an API kit to mobile manufacturers and apps that it's partnering with. You could see this feature in devices that are rolling out in the first quarter of 2016. Again, I'm Lynn and you've been checking out this Smart Protect platform from Qualcomm.