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Google to open stores just to sell Google Glass?

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Google to open stores just to sell Google Glass?
Speculation is growing that Google will be opening a number of retail stores with just one product inside to sell, Google Glass. The stores will not only sell the device, but also customize them for each buyer, which has to be done to assure that each Glass user gets the proper experience while wearing the device. At the same time, experts in the store will teach users how to set-up and use Google Glass.

Google recently hired 40 advisers to help teach the developers who purchased the Explorer version of Glass, how to use the device they paid $1,500 a pop for. Those purchases were made during last year's Google I/O developer conference. Another 8,000 Google Glass wearers who won the specs in the #IfIHadGlass contest, will also potentially need help to figure out how to use them properly.

Developers who bought Google Glass go through a process similar to what a Google Glass store would provide

Developers who bought Google Glass go through a process similar to what a Google Glass store would provide

The developers who bought Google Glass go through an experience when they pick up their purchase, similar to what it might feel like if Google does open retail Google Glass stores. The Glass owners are walked through the set-up and customization of the hardware, and are taught how to use the product. Eventually, it is hoped that these developers add to the Google Glass experience by developing apps for the product. Some apps, including one that uploads video to a YouTube channel, are already available for the device.

Until the word comes from Mountain View, we must recommend that you reach into the ol' spice rack for a bit of Morton's salt. There is still a chance that this will be part of a larger Google retail operation that will include Nexus branded phones and tablets. On the other hand, considering that each Google Glass sale will require a lot of attention from store employees, perhaps having a store that sells only Google Glass is a good idea after all.

source: BusinessInsider

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posted on 07 May 2013, 19:10 3

1. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


GOOGLE + ANDROID = FTW™

Everyone will wear this for the latest style®

posted on 07 May 2013, 19:14 3

2. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5634; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I want the ORANGE GLASS

posted on 07 May 2013, 19:16 2

3. mydi.maus (unregistered)


useless, why not sell phones,tablets/laptops too..

posted on 07 May 2013, 20:36

10. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 178; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I suspect that in the beginning they will only sell the glasses and then add phones and tablets one by one.

posted on 07 May 2013, 21:16

15. lyndon420 (Posts: 1637; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


No it's not useless. These people spent $1500 on these things so getting some decent hands on customer service will go far when it comes to retention. Once Google has a better grasp with retail they more than likely will offer more products.

posted on 07 May 2013, 19:21

4. joeymk (Posts: 100; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


I will wait for the 3th generation. Reviews not so good for this generation

posted on 07 May 2013, 19:26

5. grahaman27 (Posts: 234; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


I guess you dont like the reviews for the second generation either? lol

posted on 07 May 2013, 19:50

7. joeymk (Posts: 100; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


No the second generation will have google ads, in the third generation they will remove them lol.

posted on 07 May 2013, 19:56

9. Fluxman (Posts: 40; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


You're right. It's important to seriously consider reviews of a developer prototype unit...

posted on 07 May 2013, 21:20

16. JonBjSig (Posts: 175; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


3rd *

posted on 07 May 2013, 19:29

6. HASHTAG (unregistered)


I think most people would just go in the stores to try them out, not buy it. And hopefully they'll have some kind of financing options, and they definitely should sell their other products as well; especially if it's going to be an actual store and not an outlet.

posted on 07 May 2013, 20:56 1

11. MyJobSux (Posts: 71; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


They will go to the store to try them out then go home and order it off Amazon.com for a discounted price, HAHA!

posted on 07 May 2013, 19:53 2

8. Hallucinator (Posts: 338; Member since: 24 May 2010)


This seems like a late April Fools Day Joke. These stores would be out of business relatively quick.

posted on 07 May 2013, 20:56

12. MyJobSux (Posts: 71; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


So if you already wear glasses, do they have a unit to clip onto them or do you have to have lenses fit to the Google Glass frames?

posted on 07 May 2013, 21:11

14. fanboy1974 (Posts: 995; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


I wouldn't be surprised if Google offers a prescription clip on. Similar to the tinted shade option.

http://www.businessinsider.com/inside-the-swanky-invitation-only-loft-where-lucky-new-yorkers-are-picking-up-google-glass-2013-5?op=1

Scroll down to see the picture.

posted on 07 May 2013, 20:59 1

13. kozza3 (Posts: 573; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


can't wait for the version that they install into your skull

posted on 07 May 2013, 21:21 1

17. JonBjSig (Posts: 175; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


That'd be a bitch to upgrade.

posted on 07 May 2013, 22:07

18. Mobilephile (Posts: 65; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)


These stores selling augmented reality heads up displays, its the future unfolding right before our eyes.

posted on 09 May 2013, 07:24

19. manoj7878 (Posts: 7; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Smartphonecashin definitely pays the highest values from all the cell phone trade-in programs.

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