Description: Antivirus blocks viruses & malware so you can download apps without worry. Runs silently in the background.
Backup contacts & photos online, view on the web & restore to a new phone.
Find your lost phone. Pinpoint on a map or “scream” to find it nearby, even if ringer is off.
I’m not sure how vulnerable Android is to virus’ and how prevalent malware is on Android apps, but Lookout didn’t detect any virus’ on my phone.
1. Lookout did it’s job and my phone is clean and free of virus’
2. Lookout didn’t do it’s job and it did didn’t detect virus’
I’m going to go with wish full thinking and go with option 1, giving Lookout the benefit of the doubt.
Lookout will automatically scan every app that you download.
To really take advantage of the features of Lookout, you’ll need to set up an account with Lookout. Once you set up an account, you can access the Data Backup and Missing Device features.
These features are pretty cool. The Data Backup backs up your contacts and pictures. Too bad it doesn’t back up anything else, like SMS messages, downloaded apps, or call logs.
The Missing Device has 2 features. You can locate the phone and it will be shown in google maps. It was able to accurately locate my phone. But only if the phone is turned on. So if you lose you’re phone, you better try to locate it before it runs out of battery life, or else you won’t be able to locate it.
The other feature is the Scream feature. You can make your phone scream a blaring siren and it screams until you turn off the phone. You’re phone will also have to be turned on to access this feature. This would be useful if you lost your phone around the house. Another use would be if you wanted to play a prank on somebody and put your phone in their bag and made you’re phone scream. Once the screaming starts you can turn down your media volume and that will silent the screams, but the screaming is still on until you turn off your phone.
I’m concerned Lookout is sapping battery life out of my already piss poor battery life. I’m not sure if it does, but it’s always running in the back ground and it displays an icon at the top of the screen indicating it’s on. But so far, even if it is using a little battery life, it seems like a beneficial app to have in case I lose my phone.
Here’s some more information regarding Lookout draining battery life from the mylookout.com support forum.
Seems like most people are experience some battery drain.