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Galaxy Nexus built to avoid Apple patents

Samsung introduced the Galaxy Nexus, a 4.65-inch handset with Android 4.0, at a press event in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Other smartphones and tablets in Samsung's Galaxy lineup are the subject of several patent infringement lawsuits filed by Apple in the US, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Germany and the Netherlands. Samsung hopes the Galaxy Nexus, though, will be free of this legal wrangling.

Samsung's mobile president, Shin Jong-kyun, told reporters that the Korean company will "avoid everything we can and take patents seriously." Shin stated Samsung took steps to ensure the Galaxy Nexus does not include any known Apple patents, but didn't elaborate on how the handset manages to avoid this infringement. He believes the patent battle with Apple will last for a "considerable time" and, though the Galaxy Nexus was designed carefully, he's not 100% certain the handset will be free from future Apple lawsuits.

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