Google Stores in time for the ‘holiday’ season?

Google Stores in time for the ‘holiday’ season?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.

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TJ Skywasher  Feb. 17, 2013 at 15:14

Hmm, seems a bit odd to me. Google sells it's products at cost so how will the stores actually make any money and turn a profit?

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 17, 2013 at 15:41

Hmm, seems a bit odd to me. Google sells it's products at cost so how will the stores actually make any money and turn a profit?

Was thinking the same... probably through sales of overpriced accessories, slave wages, tax gifts yada yada...

Pondlife  Feb. 17, 2013 at 17:45

Why would the stores need to make a profit as long as it gets more using their os/advertising/search.

Anyway must be a good time to get retail space rather a lot over available over here anyway. Plenty of comet/blockbusters/staples stores making room, guessing there are similar opportunities there too

a1956210556  Feb. 17, 2013 at 21:15

Hmm, seems a bit odd to me. Google sells it's products at cost so how will the stores actually make any money and turn a profit?

Apple stores are not there to make a profit. That is why John Browitt was fired.

TJ Skywasher  Feb. 17, 2013 at 21:28

Hmm, seems a bit odd to me. Google sells it's products at cost so how will the stores actually make any money and turn a profit?

Apple stores are not there to make a profit. That is why John Browitt was fired.


They do make a profit though, if they were losing money them I'm sure Apple would have killed them in the early stages. Google makes nothing on it's hardware so setting up shop and having to pay millions of dollars in rent, rates, employee wages and other expenses just doesn't make sense. The long aim being to make money from content, which is only a very slim profit for them. I wonder how Microsoft are doing with their stores, we never hear much about those. I assumed they'd be shut down as a bad idea long ago but I guess they have enough money for the moment to keep the stores afloat if they are performing badly.

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