Forget the imminent launch of Google Drive, the fact that Google is selling the Galaxy Nexus in the Play Store is something to talk about. The last time they tried to sell a device on their own was with the Nexus One, and as many of you know, that failed to work all that well. But, Google appears to be willing to give it another try and with a solid price to boot ($399). This is for the unlocked GSM version of the device only, but by moving into the device selling business again, Google sets themselves up nicely to start hawking their own Google-branded tablet that we are expecting some time this summer.
We’ll be digging around to see if we can find more. One thing to note, is the “Shop Devices” link which could easily open this up to others. For now though, it simply redirects back to this Nexus page.
Update: It has been announced via the Google Mobile blog, where Andy Rubin has said that they wanted “to give you a place to purchase Nexus devices that work really well with your digital entertainment.” It also comes pre-loaded with Google Wallet, so you won’t have to worry about AT&T or T-Mobile blocking it from your life. And this is most definitely a new “Devices” section which means this is something they plan to do moving forward and not just with the G-Nex.