It’s probably fair to say that Apple’s stores have proved rather successful, with over 400 of the things across 14 countries, and having yielded iconic scenes of excited iNerds queuing for days in anticipation of the latest iRelease.
Word on the proverbial street suggests Mountain View might fancy a spot of that action, with the first Google Stores tipped to appear before the end of the year. Say what?
That’s the story according to 9to5google, which credits “an extremely reliable source”. Said source reckons Google Stores will be a reality in the US come Christmas.
The move would help Google offer try-before-you-buy facilities for the stuff it currently sells on the Google Play website, such as the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Acer C7 Chromebook.
More practically, it’ll allow customers to play around with Google’s upcoming Project Glass, which will inevitably be super-expensive. Definitely the kinda thing people are gonna want to try out beforehand.
What’s Project Glass? It’s a futuristic augmented reality type dealio, that projects relevant info (directions, landmarks, etc) onto your field of vision, allowing you to pretend that you’re a robot sent from the future to kill John Connor. Or something like that.
Anyway, yeah, Google Stores in the US before 2014. Expect them.