Avast’s new Protected Cell Browser for Android is based mostly on engineering acquired in its buy of Seattle startup Tenta past yr. (Avast Screenshots)

Avast’s new safe, personal mobile internet browser for Android traces its roots to the company’s formerly unreported acquisition of Seattle startup Tenta past yr.

The antivirus and protection engineering organization, based mostly in Prague, acquired Tenta in November for undisclosed phrases, Tenta co-founder Jen McEwen confirmed by using e mail. Tenta’s crew joined Avast with the acquisition, and continued to operate collectively to build the new Avast Protected Browser for Android, which is based mostly on the Tenta code base.

Avast’s new Android browser, which offers VPN, encryption and other privateness and protection characteristics, joins present variations of the Avast Protected Browser for Windows and Mac. Avast says an iOS edition is also in the performs, established for launch later on this yr. The Avast browser comes in a totally free edition, and a premium edition with additional characteristics for $12/yr.

When Tenta was boosting funds, skeptical traders would usually question no matter if users truly cared about privateness, but “it was a absolutely unique conversation” when it came to the acquisition negotiations with Avast, McEwen said. Avast has additional than 30 million users of its present personal browsers, and determined Tenta “was the ideal suit to go multiplatform fast,” she said.

The new browser comes as remote operate during the COVID-19 crisis will increase the importance of VPN engineering. Privacy has ever more become a advertising level for new tech merchandise.

The Android-only Tenta browser, also available in totally free and premium variations, remains available in the Google Play retail store. It received an upgrade together with the launch of the new Avast browser.

Tenta was started out in 2016 by the co-founders of MiKandi, a individual Seattle-based mostly organization that operates a marketplace for adult applications. ConsenSys Ventures, the undertaking cash arm of blockchain organization ConsenSys, invested an undisclosed amount in Tenta in January 2019.