Google Store is open for business: the new shop for Nexus phones and tablets

Google Store is open for business: the new shop for Nexus phones and tablets

A brand new Google Store opens doors today giving customers the option to purchase Nexus phones and tablets, Chromebooks, Nest thermostats and all other devices and accessories from the Google ecosystem.

Currently, the new Google Store is open for business only in the United States, but expectations are that it will arrive to other countries as well in the near future.

This new store draws an important distinction between the Google Play Store that will now be used to sell apps, games and other digital goods only, while all physical products will be sold via this new, non-Play branded online venue.

"As we've added more products to the family, we thought it was time to make it easier for you to learn more about them," Google said in a blog post.

Google Store is open for business: the new shop for Nexus phones and tablets

The launch of the new Google Store coincides with the official arrival of a brand new Chromebook Pixel, the second generation of its $1,299 original Pixel that arrived to showcase the very finest a Chromebook can be. The new device features nearly identical design, but a faster processor, a longer-lasting battery, and a more alluring $999 starting price.

Apple has long used a similar 2-way approach with its Apple Store handling all physical device sales, while iTunes and its App Store section cover the software sales. The search giant has recently also followed Apple’s approach to retail stores with its first London retail venue where users get to learn more about Google products with sessions from Apple Genius-like employees.

The new Google Store is now also offering free shipping on all products for a limited time. Finally, ongoing orders from the former Play Store section for devices will automatically be transferred to the new store.

Visit the new Google Store at:
https://store.google.com (available in the United States only)

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11 Comments

1. sram145

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

"available in the United States only" --> Isnt this similar to racist? why, but why? :(

2. DeDex

Posts: 116; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Actually, the Google Store can be visited from Europe, with prices displayed in euro; so I guess you can order from there (which is reassuring, since the "Devices" section on the Google Play website is now unavailable). What bother me, though, is that I don't see any Chromebooks/Chromeboxes on the website when browsing from France. Did I miss something? Can you see them in the US? In the meantime, it's a bit sad because it means that in France, you apparently cannot order Chromebooks from Google anymore. I guess that's just temporary, but still :'(

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6021; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I just checked for you and I am able to view two models of Chromebooks, but still no Chrome boxes. If you check again now and see the Chromebooks then they're probably actively working on the site and you might see more changes soon. If nothing's changed then you're probably out of luck.

9. DeDex

Posts: 116; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Thank you for checking :) Unfortunately, I still cannot see any Chrome OS devices on the Google Store when visiting from France... Maybe it is a region or country restriction for now. I will wait and see ;-)

11. Scott93274

Posts: 6021; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, sorry to hear that, just remember there's more than one outlet to buy a Chrome OS device, so don't let this get you down too much.

3. evren

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Not enough coverage. :(

4. andsteroid

Posts: 4; Member since: May 18, 2012

For India, it shows the prices in Rupees. Does that mean it ships to India?

10. DeDex

Posts: 116; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

It also seems to aggregate reviews from the country you're visiting from for each device, though Google's content is not translated. I guess they automatically adjust some content to the country you're visiting from, though I don't know if you can order or not.

5. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

fck you google atleast let us view from other countries

6. TMHKR

Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

Google, do you even (ever?) worldwide availability?

8. thegodfather

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 27, 2013

Racist? The US is the most diverse country in the world, .I think you may mean something else

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