Google postpones China cell phone launch

In a fall-out of Google’s standoff with the Chinese government over censorship and users privacy iss

The Google-powered handsets have been developed by manufacturers Samsung and Motorola specifically for the Chinese market. They use Google's Android platform and were to be unveiled today by China Unicom, one of the China's biggest telecom carriers.

Google last week charged that its servers were targets of sophisticated cyber-attacks originating from China, aiming to collect information about Chinese dissidents and human rights activists.

The company also said it was no longer willing to put up with Chinese censorship regulations which require it to ban websites from search results that the Chinese government considers subversive or pornographic. Google threatened to pull out of the country by shutting its search engine if the issues were not resolved.