Mobile Lowdown 5-26-11: Google Sprint NFC; Chinese Android; O2; New Fund

A look at some of the big stories in mobile today: more details spill about Google’s not-so-secret mobile wallet launch today; worrying stats about malware for Android in China; O2 tops mobile broadband survey in the UK; ex-Nokia (NYSE: NOK) executives’ $60 million VC fund.
Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Wallet: More news getting leaked around Google’s mobile wallet scheme with Sprint (NYSE: S) that is reportedly going to be unveiled later today. One of its partners will be NFC specialist ViVOtech, writes TechCrunch. And there will be a number of retail partners, including The Container Store (via email to This Is My Next), some of which will be trialling phone-based payments this summer and gradually rolling out commercial products from September. Check back later today for an updated, full post on the news.
Android in China: Not a great message for people who trumpet “white box”, unlocked phones; it turns out that these devices — which can run on outdated Android versions, and lack any operator security software — are a lot more susceptible to malware attacks. China, where white-box Android devices are very popular, is currently leading the world in terms of malware attacks on Android devices. A study from NetQin (via Cellular News) found that an astounding 64 percent of all malware attacks on Android devices in Q1 took place in China. The U.S. took the number-two position, with 7.6 percent of attacks. Overall, 2.53 million handsets got infected.
Mobile broadband survey: O2 has clocked up the fastest mobile broadband in the UK, according to a recent study from the regulator Ofcom. Unsurprisingly, Orange, which came in as the slowest mobile broadband provider, is disputing the findings. Overall the percentage of households that are using mobile broadband as the sole means of accessing the Internet has gone up to seven percent, from four percent in 2009.
Open Ocean: The new VC firm started by ex-Nokia and mySQL executives has raised $60 million for a third fund, with the aim of raising as much as $80 million in total. It will be used for mainly European startups focussed on community and open-source, with first-round investments starting at $1 million (via TechCrunch).