Coolpad has a backdoor in Android devices, says Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks has got some not so good news for us: Coolpad has been found to have a backdoor in millions of Android devices sold by the company. The China-based smartphone manufacturer has what they call the CoolReaper, a backdoor that exposes device users to potential malicious activities. According to the the security firm, it appears that Coolpad installed the backdoor and is currently maintaing it despite the customer's objections.

Coolpad CWatch pictured ahead of official announcement

We have yet to begin thinking of smartwatches as something necessary for everyone, but the topic is getting to a point where it is hard to ignore the reports and rumors. Smartwatches have come from companies such as Samsung and Pebble and we have also been watching the Kickstarter progress of Omate recently. And while there is still talk of a smartwatch coming from Google and Apple, it looks like a name that is not often heard in the US is also getting into the game.

Coolpad Quattro II 4G and 8920 hands-on

Coolpad is a name that may not be all that familiar for those in the US market, however the company has had some success. MetroPCS launched the Coolpad Quattro as one of their first 4G LTE devices and managed to sell more than 1 million units. Up for this year though, Coolpad has the Quattro II 4G which has been announced for C-Spire. The Quattro II 4G is running Jelly Bean and sporting a 4.5-inch (960 x 540) display and we recently spent some hands-on time with the handset during CTIA.