Google is thinking about opening stores in India to sell the Pixel 2, Google Home and more

India is the second largest smartphone market in the world. Despite a per capita income that is considered to be very low, Google has been encouraged by the strong response to the Pixel 2 handsets at pop-up stores that the company put up in the country. These temporary stores allowed Google to show off the Pixel 2 and allowed the company to answer any questions from Indian consumers related to the phone.

Two top tier malls in India say that they have received requests to open Google stores in their locations. One executive whose mall hosted one of the pop-ups, says that Google has learned that it can't rely on websites to answer all consumer inquiries. As an example, he pointed out that the pop-up store in his mall included a dark room so that consumers could see for themselves how well the Pixel 2 camera takes pictures in locations with low-lights.

Pixel 2 handsets won't be the only products Google plans on selling at the brick and mortar Google stores. The Google Home line of smart speakers (which now include the Home Max and Home Mini models along with the original Google Home) will probably do brisk business in Indian-based stores. Also expected to be offered are Pixel laptops, Chromecast streaming devices and Google's Daydream View VR headsets.

Google opened some physical stores in India back in 2013 through a partnership with Spice Group. The stores, called AndroidLand sold Android flavored handsets from Samsung, Sony, HTC, Lenovo, Xolo, Micromax, Spice and Karbonn. The plan was to open 50 stores, but the venture died with only two of them opened.

Unlike Apple, which has filed for a single-brand retailing license in India, Google could decide to open its stores and have them operated by franchisees like Samsung and Xiaomi have done with its stores inside India.

source: EconomicTimes via Engadget

Related phones

Pixel 2
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128GB
  • Battery 2700 mAh
Pixel 2 XL
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128GB
  • Battery 3520 mAh



1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1577; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

They better look to sell it everywhere in the world since it didn’t sell as well as they would have liked. What a horrible year for tech, music, TV, Movies, President, and every other event this year. I blame young stupid assholes for all of bad things in 2017.

2. royaldragonss

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

The stupidity in this comment makes me laugh.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7623; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well he is right about trying to sell it everywhere. For instance why doesn't Google at least have popup shops in every major city in North America. Go with cities that have at least a population of 3 million or more people. But Google doesn't even have that.

6. Peacetoall unregistered

This comment is too ridiculous.

8. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Not as ridiculous as a racist bigot like you.

10. Peacetoall unregistered

The only racist here is you Hans you hate people of colour and who belong to other cultures. You terming me racist because I am Muslim and a Indian

11. Ralph.

Posts: 249; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Wrong . You are wrong, its Kiko who is, not him.


Posts: 96; Member since: May 03, 2016


5. Boast_Rider

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

They set up a small store in a nearby mall(not a fancy one as mentioned in post, just a small pop-up with 3 employees and a couple samples of pixel 2 and XL each) and I saw both in person. It doesn't seem much in reviews but the difference in screen quality between the 2 is insane. The Pixel 2 is miles better than the XL in overall panel quality, it's not even close. When I asked why was the panel of XL dual-tinted(white looked pink at the top, blue at bottom), they said it was a feature of the P-OLED tech. It was hard to control my laughter as to how they fool people. Maybe it was just a really bad sample(say bottom 10%), but it was enough to be a deal breaker.

7. HillaryClinton2020

Posts: 192; Member since: Feb 08, 2017

Desperate google hunger for sales indeed

12. Ralph.

Posts: 249; Member since: Dec 20, 2017


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