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Samsung unveils first smart phone with Google's new Android system

Andy Rubin, left, Google’s top mobile executive, and J.K. Shin, president of mobile communications at Samsung, show the new Galaxy Nexus smart phone Wednesday in Hong Kong.

Associated Press

Andy Rubin, left, Google’s top mobile executive, and J.K. Shin, president of mobile communications at Samsung, show the new Galaxy Nexus smart phone Wednesday in Hong Kong.

HONG KONG — Samsung Electronics unveiled its newest Galaxy Nexus smart phone Wednesday, the first to use the latest version of Google's Android operating system.

The new phone is seen as the Samsung-Google partnership's answer to Apple's iPhone 4S, which in less than a week on the market has sold more than 4 million units.

At a glitzy unveiling in Hong Kong, Google executive Andy Rubin said Android's latest "Ice Cream Sandwich" operating system demonstrates innovation "that works on phones and tablets and everything in between."

Rubin said features like Android Beam and Face Unlock showcased Ice Cream Sandwich's capabilities.

Android Beam allows transfer of data between two smart phones by holding them together, while Face Unlock uses facial recognition technology to activate smart phones, rather than conventional passwords.

Executives of South Korea's Samsung said the Galaxy Nexus will go on sale in November in the U.S., Europe and Asia, including China and Japan. They did not reveal the new smart phone's price or its sales volume targets.

Samsung and Taiwan's HTC Corp. are the biggest users of the Android platform, which is engaged in a furious competition with Apple's own operating system for market share in the rapidly expanding smart phone sector.

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