Android 4.2 has been announced for quite a while now, but it’s yet to be available, at least officially, on the smartphones and tablets that are already running Android 4.1.x.
We don’t exactly know what has made Haier want to get into the smartphone/tablet game right now, but we’re rather glad they did. Although their gadgets won’t challenge the likes of the Galaxy S3 or Nexus 7 anytime soon, they have more than decent spec sheets, and, provided they’ll come at the right prices, they could draw some attention.
Alibaba and Haier might not say much to the mainstream Western technology user, but the Chinese smartphone lovers (on a budget) should definitely remember the two companies’ names. The two companies are planning to release a jointly-developed Android phone named Zing, which will hit China in a matter of days, at a very affordable price. E-commerce giant Alibaba and multinational consumer electronics and home appliances company Haier are advertising Zing as the “cheapest waterproof smartphone”. Aside from being resistant to spills of any kind, the device is also dustproof and shockproof. As far as hardware and performance goes, you shouldn’t…