WSJ confirms Google's plans to open retail stores

WSJ confirms Google's plans to open retail stores
Just a few days ago, we first heard the rumors that Google may be looking into opening a number of retail store locations in major metropolitan areas in time for the holiday season. We first wondered whether Google has even proven it can handle its own stores, but the rumors say Google is recruiting outside help in the process. Now, we're getting more confirmation from the Wall Street Journal that the retail stores are in fact a reality.

The Wall Street Journal has seemingly confirmed earlier reports that Google is working on opening its own chain of stores, but it has not confirmed the timeframe for when they would open. Earlier reports said that the stores would open in time for the holiday season this year, but the new report says that Google may not open the stores this year, although it seems likely the stores would be open in time for the official Google Glass launch expected next year. A source even said that as recently as last year, there was an internal debate at Google whether to open retail stores that don't feature Motorola devices or use Motorola as the retail arm of Google.

Google has been expanding its hardware and branded hardware selection, so if we do see a Google Store, it would likely sell everything from Android devices (though it is unclear if it would be Nexus only, Nexus & Motorola, or all Android manufacturers), to Google TV, Chromebooks, and eventually Google Glass.

source: WSJ

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10 Comments

1. mydi.maus unregistered

wow a store,i would like an ice cream sandwich and some jelly bean..

2. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

and some KEY LIME

5. lauremar

Posts: 181; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

Right!!! I hope they'll have every flavor of Android displayed all over inside each store, kinda like how they have them outside GooglePlex! Would be cool ass hell!

3. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

I'll be looking forward to a Google store around my area.

4. Valdomero

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

You don't believe how hard is to purchase a Nexus 4 if you're outside of the US, the ones being sold in my country are too expensive (almost $500 for the 8GB version). I would need to use a proxy to shop in the us online store... ¬.¬

6. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

better open one in toronto.

7. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I would love Everything-Google........ A Google toothbrush, Google deodorant, Google ketchup, Google engine oil, Google traffic lights, Google underwear...... One can only fantasize :D

8. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

It would make it a lot easier to sell google glass to the public. Most non tech people I know aren't even aware of it yet.

9. laheelahee

Posts: 213; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

i keep wondering.... what about the people who already wear glasses?

10. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I personally think the easiest people to sell this to are hipsters. They'll buy anything to that makes them look smarter and trendy. Plus then could say I wore them before they were cool.

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