While sometimes it may seem that Samsung tries its hardest to taunt Apple’s legal department, the company’s mobile president has revealed that its latest Galaxy Nexus smartphone was built to avoid Apple patents, saving the Korean company yet another legal battle.
When speaking to reporters for the Yonhap News Agency, Shin Jong-kyun said that the company’s new handset attempts to avoid Apple patents, and that “Now we will avoid everything we can and take patents very seriously.” Although Shin did not explain how the Galaxy Nexus avoids Apple patents, he did say that the company has done all it can, adding, “We will see if (the Galaxy Nexus) will be 100 percent free.”
Shin did note, however, that Samsung’s legal spats with Apple are far from over, and that its current lawsuits will last for “considerable time” yet. “I think it is just a start and (the lawsuits) will last for a considerable time,” Shin added. “I don’t think there is much gain (from lawsuits against Apple). What we are losing is the pride in our brand.”
The Galaxy Nexus is the first Android handset to ship with Google’s latest Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, and was unveiled at an event in Hong Kong earlier this week.