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MORRISVILLE, N.C. – Despite Google’s decision to delay its Android operating system-based mobile phone in China, plans to release its own Android device in May.

Lenovo, the world’s No. 4 PC maker which is based in Morrisville, recently reacquired its mobile phone subsidiary that is developing what is called “LePhone.”

"LePhone uses the Android operating system but we tailor our phones with our own applications,” Lenovo Chief Technology Officer He Zhiqiang said, according to Dow Jones news service.

“We are cooperating with other major Chinese Internet service providers including Sina, Sohu and Tencent," he added.

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is locked in a debate with the Chinese government over censorship of its Google China Web site as well as a hacking attack that the company says has been traced to China.

Also on Friday, Lenovo Chief Executive Officer Yang Yuanqing predicted that Lenovo would sell more smart phones than PCs at some point in the future, according to Bloomberg news.

He didn’t specify a date.

Most of Lenovo’s operations are based in China, which also is its largest market.

Lenovo already sells some 8 million phones in China but the operation only recently returned to profitability, Yang said.

According to Yang, Lenovo sells some 15 million PCs annually in China.