Trend Micro opens Taipei office to promote mobile apps
Trend Micro Inc. ( ), a Taiwan-based developer of Internet security software, opened an office Monday in Taipei jointly with two local startups to expand its global footprint in mobile applications.
The office, a joint establishment with mobile services provider General Mobile Corp. (GMobi) and virtualization technology developer VMFive, will focus on developing new mobile applications and business models for the global market, Trend Micro said in a statement.
The three companies will pool their funds, human resources and innovative products in a bid to extend their reach in the mobile markets in Taiwan, Japan, Russia and emerging countries in Southeast Asia, starting in the second quarter, Trend Micro said.
In September last year, Trend Micro assembled an internal mobile team of about 10 people and has since launched two apps for mobile security and to boost mobile game performance, Ted Huang, managing director of global mobile business at Trend Micro, said at a press briefing.
These apps have gained more than 10 million downloads globally, and the company plans to release a new app for mobile system optimization in the third quarter of this year, Huang added.
He said Trend Micro will leverage GMobi’s mobile customer base and VMFive’s cloud-based streaming technology on advertising and mobile games to design apps in line with consumer demand in both developed and emerging markets.
Founded in 2011, GMobi provides Internet-based features for mobile devices and has more than 100 customers worldwide, with about 100 million devices using its services.
VMFive’s main product is AdPlay, which lets users demo an app before downloading it to their phones, through Web streaming technology.
Representatives of Trend Micro Inc., General Mobile Corp. (GMobi) and VMFive pose for a photo at the inaugural ceremony of a joint venture focusing on developing new mobile applications and business models in Taipei, yesterday.