We've all heard the debates (or been involved in them) about Android malware. Some say it doesn't really exist and is only used as a "scare tactic." Others insist that it's a threat and is becoming more prominent.

Regardless of your personal feelings on the matter, Lookout Labs would have us believe that it finds thousands of threats everyday. In order to help visualize this claim, Lookout released a new app to the Market called Mobile Threat Tracker that shows, in almost real-time, detected infections on Lookout-protected devices across the globe.

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Each infection is dramatically flown into the screen and represented by a stream of glowing light that becomes a glowing dot of malware/spyware evil on its respective part of the globe. Tapping on the question mark at the top gives more info on what you're looking at, including a nice reminder of what planet Earth looks like (in case you didn't know, that's it up there ^). You can swipe the bottom bar to watch the animation again from a starting point of your choosing; similarly, you can swipe across the globe to rotate and check infection levels in specific areas (I feel like I'm talking about the zombie apocalypse here).

A tap on the info button at the top gives a percentage breakdown of the spyware-malware spread and the top ranking threats. Tap on each threat to learn more about it.

Is this something that you really care about? Probably not. Is it something pretty and cool to look at? Most definitely. If nothing else, it's worth the install just to watch it shoot little glowing dots onto a globe. You can uninstall it after that.

It's free in the Android Market, so hit the link below if you want to take a look.

[via Lookout]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • JuggalotusHeat

    This would have made more sense if it was a live wallpaper.

  • Leif

    At least it shows just again that it's often about Apps who get installed through third party markets and are not available in the official Android Market. Can't even find the top 3 threads it shows for today..

  • Ron Amadeo

    Have FUD delivered directly to your phone!

    • sriracha

      Fear, uncertainty and doubt? or friggin useless data? i'm of the conspiracy theory that antivirus makes the virus' just to keep themselves in business.

      avast! ftw!!1!

      • J Rush

        ^^ Hilarious stuff right there!!!