Android Phone May Debut on China Unicom as Early as Next Week
Google’s (GOOG) continuing discord with Beijing hasn’t hurt confidence in Android’s development in China. Despite the company’s postponed launch of two Android-based smartphones there and the noteworthy absence of a Beijing stop on a Nexus roadshow in Asia, China Unicom, the country’s second largest carrier, says it still has every intention of selling Android devices.
“We are open to mobile phone operating systems, and we recognise that Android is a mainstream system,” Unicom Chairman Chang Xiaobing said at an event in Beijing yesterday. “We will definitely use Google’s Android in our mobile handsets.”
And perhaps as soon this month. Sources tell SinoCast Daily Business Beat that China Unicom may add Motorola’s (MOT) XT701 Android phone to its lineup next week.
“Motorola has gained go-ahead from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to release XT701 in the country,” an unnamed source told the publication. “And China Unicom is well prepared to market the gadgets in its outlets online and offline.”