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It was only a matter of time. An unsanctioned Android store has been spotted in China sporting the trademark robot logo, but it’s selling iPhones.

According to the Isidor’s Fugue blog, the random shop has popped up in Zuhai city, Guangdong province – the same district where Apple is currently tussling with Asian monitor company Proview over the trademark rights to the iPad name.

As only befits a rip-off store in China there is placed on the store front a pretty authentic looking logo next to some fairly incongruous local language text – which in this case translates to “celebrities smartphone experience store”.

We can’t quite work out why it seem to be selling iPhone products though, unless Google has decided to branch out.

It now remains to be seen which of the platform giants decides to sue first. We’ve got a pretty good idea who that might be.

If the thought of an Android shop sounds like a good idea to you, sorry, it’s already been done … kind of.

Google opened an ‘Androidland’ in Oz at the tail end of 2011 but it was only a concession inside of Telstra’s flagship store in Melbourne and it didn’t look very much like its Chinese cousin.

As the blog suggests, with Windows Phone now making inroads into the Chinese market it's only a matter of time before we see some Redmond store clones popping up in the People's Republic. ®

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