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Andy Rubin says "Google has no plans" for retail stores

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Well, that rumor didn't last all that long. We first heard the rumors about 11 days ago that Google could be opening its own retail stores this holiday season. Exactly one week ago, the Wall Street Journal "confirmed" the rumor, and now Android head Andy Rubin has smashed the rumor, saying that "Google has no plans" to open retail stores.

Andy Rubin was actually quite forceful when speaking to AllThingsD, going as far as to say:
For Nexus, I don’t think the program is far enough along to think about the necessity of having these things in a retail store.
Rubin said that he ultimately thought that customers "don’t have to go in the store and feel it anymore" when purchasing a device. Given the comments earlier from Jamie Rosenberg confirming Google's support of selling devices through the Play Store, these comments from Rubin don't seem that out of place.  

Of course, saying that Google doesn't have plans for retail stores doesn't discount the possibility of more pop-up stores and stores-within-stores for the holiday season. We'll have to see on that. 

source: AllThingsD

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posted on 26 Feb 2013, 12:25

1. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

so all this was just a rumor or he just saying they will be? really don't know whats going on in those CEO minds

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 12:31

2. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 493; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

After the Nexus One Google Execs swore up and down that there would not be a Nexus Two. Then a while later out comes the Nexus S. Sure, it wasn't called the Nexus 2, but in reality that's exactly what it was. So while I believe what he's saying about no stores at the moment, the idea has probably been explored and I wouldn't completely dismiss the possibility of this happening in the next year or two.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 12:51

3. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)

Did you hear that?

...my heart just shattered. B*stards.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 13:20 1

4. waalllstreetttlool (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Feb 2013)

This is the same WALL STREET Analyst that say iphone mini, iphone math, apple iwatch, apple iTV.

those so called investor just trying to up their share price with this fake news. look at that young man named Einhorned. He bought lots of Apple share @ 700, and lost lots of money, and now furious at apple

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 15:35 2

5. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)

But does Google really need a retail store? Think about it...Apple had to create a retail experience because everyone was so used to Windows. Most folks wouldn't buy a Mac simply because they had no clue how to use or that things they do on their PC translated to the Mac without any problem. Google doesn't really have that problem. Apple made the smartphone for everyone and got rid of the learning curve. Google has continued that to the point where people can indeed shop for phones and tablets online without having it in their hands. If they DO want to touch and feel it, there are other outlets (carrier or electronic stores) that they can visit. Seems like a good idea to me.

And I still think a big problem with Google having their own store is having to support the hardware and layers of Android provided by the manufacturers. That, alone, would be a huge headache.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 20:04

6. cretinick (Posts: 148; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)

For Nexus he don't see the necessity...

But for the Motorola X-Phone and X-Tablet? maybe the rumors are partially right. Maybe we going to see a Motorola Store. Just like Samsung have (And yes, it really looks like an Apple Store)

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