Lenovo said Friday its new smart phone using Google’s Android is on track to be launched in May in China and the U.S. search engine giant’s ongoing spat with China won’t impact its operations.
Lenovo has traditionally focused on the PC market for growth but is now joining other PC makers to launch mobile devices in a move to diversify into other areas and boost margins.
Executives said Lenovo plans to launch “LePhone” in China first and plans to release the phone in overseas markets later this year.
Since Google’s statement last week that it would no longer censor its Chinese Web site even if that meant halting operations in the country, many have been concerned about handset vendors’ ability to supply Android-based phones in China.
Google said earlier this week that it is delaying the China launch of two cellphones made by Samsung Electronics Co. and Motorola Inc. that use its operating system.