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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 @02:54PM (#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.
  • Looks to me that this is a phony account and journal spam (which, by the way is averaging over 250 adverts a day) is spilling over onto the front page..

  • by chienandalou ( 2637845 ) on Saturday February 16, 2013 @03:45PM (#42923209)

    I went to Northgate Mall in Seattle three weeks ago looking to get either a Nexus 4 or a Samsung galaxy s3.

    Samsung products were everywhere.

    The only place I could find a Nexus 4 was the Tmobile store, and yes, what tipped me to the Nexus was trying it out.

    There was an unaffiliated tablet/phone store elsewhere in the mall that had a Nexus 7 and maybe a 10, but you had to look hard for them.

    It still seems weird that you would need to open a whole store as opposed to striking deals for retail space for your stuff, though.

    • by gig ( 78408 )

      There is almost no consumer demand for Nexus devices, therefore there is almost no retailer demand for Nexus devices, therefore you can't find Nexus devices at retail very easily. The idea with Google opening its own store is apparently to stimulate consumer demand by showing them the devices and enabling them to try them out.

      Another problem with Nexus devices at retail is that Google is not a phone maker or seller, or a consumer electronics company. They did not know what they were doing when it came to ma

  • 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

  • This is suicide for google, and a traditional play by managers with no imagination who want to show that they can do things in an environment which is dominated by technical types that they can't and won't understand. This is money better spent by infiltrating the educational space or keeping margins lower. Please Google, keep the list of names of the people who support this initiative so that is can be a permanent blemish on their reconds. I for one won't be employing them.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    You walk into the store, which unexplainably changes its facade for every random holiday far after the novelty has worn off.
    You go up to a sale person and tell him you want to buy a Television and before he can respond, you get 3 other sales people from other stores that jump in front and shove ads in your hands. You stare, dumbfounded, at the sale person and he says, "did you mean Telephones?" and then shows you 6 phones, none of which are what you wanted. And then he shows you 10 other boxes of phones th

    • by Anonymous Coward
      My mind is not near dirty enough, I never thought of "I'm Feeling Lucky" as sexual.
  • Google has a very small product line - it's hard to see how they can fill a store, unless they're going to be carrying a lot of "partner" (competitor's) Android phones. And, at this point in time, most of those partners are probably not that comfortable in their relationship with Google.

    • by node 3 ( 115640 )

      Not at first, no. But when the Nexus 27 smartphone is launched at Google I/O this year, the need for a full retail space will make more sense.

      • by gig ( 78408 )

        The Nexus devices sell in extremely small numbers, and mostly to computer nerds who decided to buy them before they even shipped, and who will almost certainly just order them online whenever they become available. That's the exact opposite of why you open a store.

        • by node 3 ( 115640 )

          I may have been too subtle (or just unfunny, which is often the same thing). A Nexus 27 would take up a lot of space. Android phones are getting humorously large (Note II). 93 Escort Wagon was wondering how they would fill a store with so few products...

          So, nothing?

  • by erroneus ( 253617 ) on Saturday February 16, 2013 @05:24PM (#42923767) Homepage

    Google is a search service. They provide a lot of useful information. I wonder if I should go there seeking anything and everything? I ask Google for things of all sorts not the least of which is how to hack my nexus 4 and nexus 7 devices. I wonder, then if I should go to those brick and mortar sites for the same sort of service? :)

    Perhaps this is my clever way of wondering if Google isn't exceeding itself a bit too much. I can see Google "guiding" the Android user experience with their own, ostensibly non-competing devices and I was prepared to let it slide. But the idea that they would open a brick and mortar shop? To sell something? I'm a little confused.

    On one hand, I would be more inclined to buy Google devices from local Google stores than I would to buy them online. But that's just me. This all leaves me curious... and maybe a little suspicious.

  • by hack slash ( 1064002 ) on Saturday February 16, 2013 @05:58PM (#42923971)
    Although I've been using eBay for 13 years I'm getting really sick of them fucking with the layout and search engine every 6 months to the point where it's now no longer user-friendly but user-hostile. I've managed to stave off some of the shit they're trying to force on us (like oversized 'thumbnails' that are so large you can only see 3 or 4 items in a list of up to 200 on your screen) by some greasemonkey scripts but it's a never-ending fight against their retarded programmers who seem to keep tweaking things just to justify their wages (which should be frozen for their detrimental impact to the UI of the site).
    • eBay is beyond incompetence. My favorite recent interface fuckup is price ranges. Last I checked you can no longer search on items under or over a price, you have to search on a price range. But you can remove one bound or the other from the URL to get an under/over search. So the functionality is still there, but they've removed it from the GUI. Netflix does the same stupid bitchy shit. List views are still there; just add vt=tl to the URL. But you can no longer get them via the GUI...

  • "an extremely reliable source" - sounds like teenager chatter to me

  • COURT ROAD, Tottenham, Friday (NTN) — Internet advertising agency Google [] is opening its first retail store, selling the Internet-only Chromebook.

    "We've put a lot of effort into making it feel welcoming, homely and, dare I say it, 'Googley'," said Arvind Desikan, head of consumer marketing. The revolutionary shopping experience leverages Google's famous abilities in customer service, having no staff. Customers seeking advice on a product can simply log in with their Google account to the in-store foru

  • I tried Weight Watchers and only lost 4 pounds over 4 weeks.

    Now I'm on Google Watchers and I've gained 20 pounds in 2 weeks.
  • I was just puzzling this morning at the restaurant sign... how exactly I would order my hot pancake breakfast and coffee, or ice cream sundae, online? Tonight I read I can walk down the aisles at Google to find my search at the shopping mall. Is this what dementia feels like?
  • hopes to have the first flagship Google Stores open for the holidays

    Why would they care about being open for Earth Day? I know companies like to be 'green' nowadays but what is so special about opening on April 22?

  • This keeps in practice with their policy of never allowing any human contact with a Google employee.

  • and then give you a virus.

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