Where does this Community see Mobile Malware and the future of Smart Device Viruses within the next few years? Such as potential code specifically designed to be persistent and aggressive with mobile devices, and measures taken to detect and correct these types of code.
That would be up to the manufactures of the phones. Hence the updates they regularly release. Cell phone companies have no control over this because they are only responsible for the network and to ensure your phone works on it. As for the phone goes anything outside of that would be the manufactures responsibility. Thats my 2 cents
There hasn't been any major security problems lately. But there are various anti-virus apps in the Android App Store, like Lookout or AVG antivirus that can detect any suspicious changes in your settings. Also, Apple has been very quick to release any updates regarding secuty issues.