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New Rumor Suggests Google Will Launch Their Own Retail Stores Soon

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    Some new rumors surfaced late Friday night that Google may be getting ready to pull the trigger on a new retail store chain. It seems that Google has been paying attention to Apple's success with their own stores, and would like to duplicate that to boost Android even further. Supposedly, Google is ready to open Google retail stores very soon across the US in several major metros. The primary focus of these stores will be the Nexus devices as well as Google Chrome devices. It is also possible Google plans to debut their new Motorola X Phone in these retail chains later on in the year.

    Most of the industry speculation from analysts and pundits is that now is a perfect time for Google to do precisely this. What do you think? Will a series of physical Google Play Stores actually help Google boost Android?

    Source: TechCrunch
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    I believe it will help. It will allow Google to push their own devices and software to the public, since they would know exactly what they're talking about, instead of letting a third party like Best Buy or a phone carrier try to sell it.
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    Interesting considering Android is dominating phones and on its way in tablets. How much of a boost could they really get from stores? Unless it's more about preserving market share.

    It was probably inevitable, but I don't think some of their partners like Google getting into making their own products.
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    Google is going to take over the world.
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    This will hopefully help their product launches as well.
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    Excellent idea! Plus it will be nice to see a tech store where their patrons believe in bathing more than once a month..................
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    Well this would definitely put them one step closer to having their own carrier as well.... I would Love that!! DOWN WITH VERIZON!!!!!! :D
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    maybe they'll just buy all of VZW towers and summarily execute the entire upper management of Verizon.

    we can all dream right:D;)
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    Good.
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    I see more ingress portals in our future.

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    Sounds like a plan to me. Consumers will be that much more informed about the goodness of Android devices and contract-free, fair price handsets.

    Customer: So you don't offer any new phones for under $500 why?
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    Google store... I think it will work better if they just had a google section in best buy. I do not see a google store staying open too long because people are not going to buy enough google devices to keep the stores open resulting in stores closing and loss of jobs. Instead of wasting money and building a store why not just put them in already open and established best buy stores.
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    Because Best Buy is on its last leg as is.

    If they put them in key large markets they will do fine. Don't try and be like Starbucks and be on every corner.

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    Good point and that is where best buy went wrong they have too many stores. They have basically become starbucks where almost every mall has a best buy. Add to that amazon has been killing them. But now that states are requring people to pay taxes on amazon purchases (Tennessee started that last year with more states to come) best buy has a chance if they lean out. As far as google I see your point. Since they will still have the play store to sell their products they do not have to open a store everywhere just in key locations like new york and la.

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    Is frustrating, the sales tax thing... Don't you only pay sales tax if it's stocked or warehoused in the state you buy it in though. It's complete bs that's states are doing that.

    Don't leave seattle and somewhere southeast out either

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    Out of curiosity, where would you suggest a store in the southeast?
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    Actually the recipient is supposed to pay the applicable sales tax for their state/city (in California every city has different rates) but nobody does. So they forced amazon etc.to collect the appropriate sales tax.

    If it's not HD it might as well be a newspaper.
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    Excellent idea.
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    In the HTC1 news article it listed one of the US carriers for it as Best Buy.

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    What killed Best Buy is people coming into a store to trial and view products, and then taking their phone and ordering from Amazon or wherever.

    Google might have more products [soon] then we realize. They are getting into the whole Google TV thing, and also launching their own internet and wireless services.