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WSJ confirms Google's plans to open retail stores

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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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posted on 19 Feb 2013, 10:13 4

1. mydi.maus (unregistered)

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

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 10:32 1

2. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

and some KEY LIME

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 14:07

5. lauremar (Posts: 181; Member since: 29 Feb 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!

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 10:58

3. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 12:55

4. Valdomero (Posts: 288; Member since: 13 Nov 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... ¬.¬

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 14:23

6. omar300 (Posts: 209; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)

better open one in toronto.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 15:34 1

7. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 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

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 22:15 2

8. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 904; Member since: 28 Jun 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.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 13:00

9. laheelahee (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 21:53

10. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 904; Member since: 28 Jun 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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