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Full Google Retail Stores to Open Up By Year’s End?

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According to an “extremely reliable source” of 9to5 Google’s, the search giant will have their very own retail stores right in time for the holidays. The shops, which will open in a few major US cities, will be a great place for any Google fan to go pick up a new Nexus device, Chromebook, or possibly receive some hands-on help with their current Google product. Although, I doubt there would be any type of Genius Bar-type of kiosk, given it is the responsibility of the OEM’s to provide device support for Android. But that’s where the Nexus lineup of devices differ from say, the Galaxy series from Samsung. 

Regardless, the idea for retail stores actually came from a plan to get the public more aware of Project Glass. Much like anything else that would cost you anywhere from $500 to $1500, you are going to want to try the things on and see what you are getting into before you drop cash like that.

This sounds like an Android fanboy’s dream come true. Give anything to have a Google store open up in your neck of the woods?

Via: 9to5Google

  • They should target opening the stores right across #Apple 😉

  • chris125

    I hope this happens. Maybe then they will actually be able to keep their products in stock and have better running retail.

  • aQuickBit

    Just playing devil advocate but isn’t this what a lot of android fanboys make fun of Apple for? Apple being the “mall brand”? It just seems a little contradictory that Google opening a store is considered the greatest thing ever (even though I’m very excited about it).

  • pubmk

    I don’t think this will be a real retail store. It will probably be like the Microsoft pop up store that was in Time Sq this holiday season or the Samsung pop up store that was in Columbus Circle last holiday season. In the Samsung store they didn’t even have a register. It was just a museum of Samsung products.

  • monkey082506

    The wait to find out it won’t be in my city is going to kill me!

  • I CALLED IT. {{-_-}}

  • Until I see that Google is serious about the hardware business, I will only treat this news as a rumor. Let’s put it this way, it released a phone that is constantly out of stock (not because the OEM can’t make it fast enough, but that it predicts the phone won’t be sold that many!) How should I feel whether they are serious in making a phone or not? On top of that, their marketing campaign is next to non-existence.

  • Steve

    Lets just cut to the chase …Google Wireless anyone?

    • Faralcane

      Yes. Dear god yes.

    • David Cosme Jr.

      Not sure what this means.

  • mechapathy

    I can’t wait to walk into the first store in the world where everything is out of stock.

  • verbal_judo2

    Sounds cool. I’m tired of people asking me “Is that a kindle?” Or more commonly “oh! Is that the new iPad mini?” And finally the good old “What is that?”
    Real stores would definitely increase product awareness. Anyone else get that from people?

    • verbal_judo2

      I should clarify and say when I’m out and about with the nexus 7.

    • Akeem McAllister

      I have gotten the iFruit mini too many times. I laugh every time and say “No this is the Nexus 7 made by Google powered by Android. Same concept but cheaper price!” I say that response every time!

  • Matthew Bohr

    Ihe people who work there will probably have free glass units. maybe there could be a secret ingress code somewhere too.

  • TheWenger

    Apple invented retail stores.

  • A brick-n-mortar store with nothing in stock. Genius.

  • possomcrast1

    I’d say they should pass on this idea and just continue to undermine retail stores with their online store.

  • XvierX

    Please let there be one or two locations in Texas. I need this in my life.

    • houston and dallas… those are my guesses…

  • Yoderz

    Welcome to Google Retail! We’re sorry, but the items you want are temporarily unavailable.

  • Scott

    They should start training staff on how to say “I’m sorry, but that device/accessory is out of stock again.”

  • Will the Verizon Nexus be available there? lol

  • Jérôme Besnard

    Can’t wait for retail Nexus store.

  • NorCalDroid

    Yes yes yes! They have been needing this to make their Nexus and Chrome line succesful!! I want to work there!!! Count me in! I even pitched the idea a long time ago to them!!

  • coolsilver

    Honestly I see this as a bad move. Retail has not been a good segment lately. They can probably sell a lot of devices but I don’t see these making a reasonable profit long term. Should just work to strengthening the web store and procurement.

    • Captain_Doug

      This might help the procurement. Having places you can go to pick them up would be awesome. Customer support would be better too.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    IF google is planning on doing an actual store, they need to also sell ALL OEM devices. Google really needs to pull in the reigns when it comes to Android. When the average consumer walks into a Google Store they need to know everything there (Device Wise) is running Android, so we don’t have an issue where Folks start separating Android and “Galaxy” or “HTC” . . . REIN IT IN GOOGLE!

    • Dain Laguna

      Personally i think that would be a disaster. Trying to explain the the average consumer why nexus devices offer better software experiences or different interfaces than galaxy or htc devices would be counterproductive to google trying differentiate their hardware.

      Can you imagine all the folks complaining about updates to non nexus phones? So worthless. Chromebooks, nexus device’s and maybe some moto stuff is all a google store needs hardware-wise.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        That’s not what I mean. I don’t want google to separate Nexus vs Non-Nexus. It’s all Android. Google needs to make sure the average consumer doesn’t forget that. Average folks STILL wouldn’t complain about updates because they wouldn’t know any better… But it’s not about that either. It’s about Google staking claim to Android – Galaxy – HTC Android Device or any other off brand… They neeed people to understand that ALL of it is android… And that something like “Galaxy” isn’t different from a VZW “Droid”

  • LionStone

    Bring It! Yes!

  • Where can I send my resume?

    • Captain_Doug

      Best minimum wage job ever.

      • Knowing Google, it probably wont be minimum wage

        • T4rd

          No, it probably will be, they just have a theme park for employees out back for break time.

        • Captain_Doug

          *crosses fingers

      • Austin Warren

        I’d work there for free.

        • Captain_Doug

          I’d want some sort of benefit.

          • Austin Warren

            You would be working for the highest rated company in the world.

          • Captain_Doug

            What does that give me besides something to put on a resume? I have bill to pay.

  • Unless they revive the Nexus Q and have Google Glass available for purchase, they’re barely selling anything… right?

    • Steve Benson

      Well, they could sell their entire Nexus lineup plus ACCESSORIES as well as any Chromebook products.

      No doubt this would start out very, very small but if it became successful I could see this really picking up steam. Just picture Google continuing to release high end affordable off-contract phones and then selling them through their physical stores. Then BAM, Google Wireless drops. This would be awesome.

      • coolsilver

        Google Wireless…. as well as Google Fiber… will be the key things to bringing success to retail stores. Otherwise I think they will be as specialized as the Sony Style stores, Apple stores which may do well.. or may not pull enough to keep all the lights on.

  • Steve Benson

    Legen…wait for it…dary

  • Bionicman

    one word, awesome

  • Capt. Crunch

    Google Store? Yes please!

    • michael arazan

      Google/Dish store, yes please! Get your new Nexus Device and a new Nexus Carrier plan!

  • DanWazz

    Time to start making my Christmas list.

  • wes

    Since the closest Malus Domestica Store to me is nearly an hour away, I have little hope that one will come to my area anytime soon.

  • Nexus, Motorola, Glass, Chromebook.. Awesome

  • T4rd

    How many macro shots of the Gnex do you all have? I think it’s your most pictured phone =p.

    • It’s so gorgeous 😛

      • MikeCiggy

        The other day the full body shot I was tempted to post on the article about the photo. “Does anyone else think this is the sexiest looking phone ever made?” Slightly curved… no buttons.. it’s hot

        • Steve Benson

          Two sexiest phones in history:
          1. Nexus 4
          2. Galaxy Nexus

          It’s gotta be that black slate front, no buttons.

          • aQuickBit

            I know I’ll get ridiculed but I think the HTC 8X is pretty sexy looking

  • brando56894

    I was just talking with my co-worker about this, they’re not going to have many devices to showcase considering there are a total of 4 Nexus phones (One, S, Galaxy, 4) and 2 Nexus Tablets (7 and 10). There are only about 3-5 OEMs that make Chromebooks AFAIK.

    • mtaylor924

      Perhaps this is the end result of last year’s rumor of multiple concurrent Nexus devices from multiple manufacturers. That would make more sense if they are trying to round out their device list for a retail presence.
      Gives vanilla Android a brick-and-mortar showcase, along with variety of screen sizes and form factors for the public to choose from.

    • antwonw

      Don’t forget the Nexus Q, and possibly a Motorola section of their devices.

    • Minus a couple extra laptops and music players, it’s not far off from Apple, and their stores seem to do just fine.

      It would be pretty cool if they would dedicate a corner of the store to Android devices from other manufacturers too.

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  • kixofmyg0t

    A great place to get Nexus devices, and the RAZR X.

    • Shaggy723

      Let’s hope they remove the “RAZR” part of the name. But at the same time, as long as it’s a good device, they can name it whatever they want.

  • I will be attending a store for sure!

    • LionStone

      Me too… most likely they’ll have one in the Bay Area… good for those on the Peninsula! 🙂

  • I know where I’ll be doing all my window shopping.