Sony Ericsson, a mobile phone joint venture between Sony Corp and Ericsson, has no plans to delay the launch of a phone that runs Google's Android operating system in China, the company's chief executive said on Thursday. When Google threw down the gauntlet to China's Internet censors, it also challenged the loyalties of the nation's wired generation.

Google this week postponed the launch in China of two mobile phones which use the Android platform, in the first sign its business in the country is starting to be affected by a dispute over hacking and censorship.

The manufacturers of those telephones, which were scheduled for launch in China yesterday, are Motorola and Samsung Electronics.

Sony Ericsson Chief Executive Bert Nordberg said at a news conference in Tokyo that the firm plans to launch its Android phone, dubbed X10, in China and the rest of the world this spring.