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Google Watchers Expect Company-Branded Stores This Year 86

9to5Google cites "an extremely reliable source" in reporting that "Google is in the process of building stand-alone retail stores in the U.S. and hopes to have the first flagship Google Stores open for the holidays in major metropolitan areas. The mission of the stores is to get new Google Nexus, Chrome, and especially upcoming products into the hands of prospective customers. Google feels right now that many potential customers need to get hands-on experience with its products before they are willing to purchase. Google competitors Apple and Microsoft both have retail outlets where customers can try before they buy."
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Google Watchers Expect Company-Branded Stores This Year

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 16, 2013 @02:50PM (#42922901)

    No, but they have innovated with the concept of a store.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 16, 2013 @02:51PM (#42922905)

    Hopefully Apple doesn't patent this invention. Let every small entrepreneur who wants to open up a location, and we could give Amazon a run for its money.
    Just imagine, people shopping in person! You could try things out before buying them, and no need to wait (or pay) for shipping.
    I think they're really on to something here.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 16, 2013 @02:54PM (#42922927)
    Ubuntu £inux is the next step in brand name stores. First they sell you a phone to create a monopoly and they force you to use their Ubuntu Only Linux Steam Client to play games. Then they restrict you from playing hit releases such as Aliens: Colonial Marines because they "don't work on Linux" and sell you World of Goo instead. Ubuntu is far more dangerous than google. Ubuntu has hijacked the PC industry and threatening long standing infrastructure. Microsoft is doing their best to prevent Ubuntu from becoming the first major monopoly in computing history but it isn't enough. Ubuntu may look free, but it is a lie! The cost to your productivity and soul is eternal.
  • by smittyoneeach ( 243267 ) * on Saturday February 16, 2013 @02:58PM (#42922963) Homepage Journal
    Apple, Microsoft, and Google walk into a mall:
    Apple: I will seduce them with Jobsian user experiences!
    Microsoft: I will bury them with my usual, cheap second-mover tactics!
    Google: I will claim not to be evil, and send Androids to drink both Apple's and Microsoft's milkshakes.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 16, 2013 @03:02PM (#42922979)

    They innovated with the concept of a store with electronics made by them. There have been other stores before but none with branded electronics. To make the point of copying even more clear, Apple used innovative copper cables throughout the store to ensure proper electrical propagation to both light the space and power devices. They even had to innovate "plug receptacles" in the walls to better distribute the proprietary electrons from the miles of high-tech hipster copper cable! I'm sure we'll see Google stuffing the walls with copper cabling, flowing electrons, and even using those IP infringing electrons to transmit visible light into the space (Google's copying knows no bounds).

    Oh, and a door. Google will probably use a door (I'll be here to tell you Google lovers I told you so when it comes true). Just like stealing the swipe to unlock they'll steal the open the door to enter.

    Has Google ever done anything new? Doesn't seem like it. Tablet? Apple. Smart phone? Apple. MP3 player? Apple. First GUI? Apple. RAID? Apple. Internet? Apple. Moon rover? Apple. Fusion? Apple. Jesus? Apple.

    I think my point is clear.

  • by game kid ( 805301 ) on Saturday February 16, 2013 @03:05PM (#42922993) Homepage

    "So...."? Not "Did you mean" []?

  • by kanweg ( 771128 ) on Saturday February 16, 2013 @03:56PM (#42923305)

    If I can't find what I'm looking for in 0.254 seconds, I'm out of that store again.

    Spoiled brat
    Who bets that there are ads in the store

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