REFILE-UPDATE 1-China Unicom to sell Android phones despite spat

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* Unicom moves forward with Android despite Google-China spat

* Sees Android as ‘mainstream system’
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BEIJING, March 3 (BestGrowthStock) – China Unicom (0762.HK: ), China’s
No. 2 mobile carrier, said it will sell handsets running Google’s
(GOOG.O: ) Android operating system, dispelling doubts raised after
a dispute between Google and the Chinese government.

In January, Google postponed the launch of two Android-based
mobile handsets in China, for which Unicom would have been the
carrier. The delay followed a high-profile spat between Google
and Beijing over a hacking incident and Google’s unhappiness over
having to self-censor its Web-based search results in China.

“We are open to mobile phone operating systems, and we
recognise that Android is a mainstream system,” Unicom Chairman
Chang Xiaobing said on Wednesday on the sidelines of the opening
of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in
Beijing. “We will definitely use Google’s Android in our mobile
handsets,” he said.

China’s top mobile carrier, China Mobile (0941.HK: ), is also
selling cellphones in China running the open-source Android
operating system.

The future of Android in China was briefly called into
question in January after Google said it was postponing the
launch of two mobile phones in the country using the open source
platform, which Google is using to challenge similar products
from Microsoft (MSFT.O: ) and Nokia (NOK1V.HE: ). [ID:nTOE60I0AR]

The manufacturers of the telephone, which was scheduled for
launch in China in late January, are Motorola (MOT.N: ) and Samsung
Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS: ).

Several days after the postponement announcement, Lenovo
(0992.HK: ), China’s largest PC seller which also recently
re-entered the cellphone space, said its mobile phone based on
Android would not be affected by the ongoing dispute between
Google and China.

Unicom is also the sole seller of Apple’s (AAPL.O: ) popular
iPhones in China.

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REFILE-UPDATE 1-China Unicom to sell Android phones despite spat