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    Default Re: Why does Google not have a physical "storefront" for Nexus devices?

    Can't justify a store with only 4 products to sell (Nexus 4, 7 and 10 and Chromebook). Plus, as others have said, a retail presence drives up costs, so you couldn't have a $350 Nexus 4 in a store.

    Google should set up low cost kiosks though so people can at least test drive the Nexus 4 before buying. I really want to hold the device before I try to convince my family to switch and I don't see a good way to do that without eating some cost.
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    I agree that small kiosks at shopping malls would work best for Google. Given their small line-up of devices, it would at least give the Nexus line greater exposure to a wider audience . It would be low stock on hand, but the main point of it is to direct people to the Play Store, test drive devices, and be a point for local customer service.
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    They're selling a million tablets a month, I think Google knows exactly what they're doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gone down south View Post
    They're selling a million tablets a month, I think Google knows exactly what they're doing.
    i really wish they sell 5 million a month. but i think its a good start. with walmart and other retailers carrying the device.
    more countries should be getting this device. now that the storage is refreshed it will only grow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Martonik View Post
    It'd just increase the cost of the device because the store's cost would be internalized to the phone. I agree it'd be nice if Google partnered with some retailers to sell, but having the Play Store option is the next best thing. It's just not in Google's business model to be building physical stores and having a retail presence.
    I'd say that's true, but then again they did sell the Nexus Seven at a bunch of retailers. I got mine from Staples.

    I could certainly see a display section of Nexus 4, 7, and 10 all next to each other at someplace like Staples, and I don't think it would cut too much into their bottom line to do so. In fact, with Staples cutting deals with carriers to subsidize the phone at point of sale (for those carriers who don't mind unlocked phones and don't want to take on the effort of trying to support them on their own), Google might even make MORE money on retail sales of the Nexus 4 than they do on their Play Store sales.

    I can see, for example, Wally World slapping a stack of Nexus 4s down next to the StraightTalk SIM display, and selling them as the perfect companion to StraightTalk. Maybe even having Google pre-load the StraightTalk APN to some of them (without changing anything else about the OS) so it's truly a "plug-and-play" experience. "Premium smartphone, $300 down and $45 a month for unlimited service off AT&T towers". God, those things would FLY off the shelf.
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    I'd say that's true, but then again they did sell the Nexus Seven at a bunch of retailers. I got mine from Staples.

    I could certainly see a display section of Nexus 4, 7, and 10 all next to each other at someplace like Staples, and I don't think it would cut too much into their bottom line to do so. In fact, with Staples cutting deals with carriers to subsidize the phone at point of sale (for those carriers who don't mind unlocked phones and don't want to take on the effort of trying to support them on their own), Google might even make MORE money on retail sales of the Nexus 4 than they do on their Play Store sales.

    I can see, for example, Wally World slapping a stack of Nexus 4s down next to the StraightTalk SIM display, and selling them as the perfect companion to StraightTalk. Maybe even having Google pre-load the StraightTalk APN to some of them (without changing anything else about the OS) so it's truly a "plug-and-play" experience. "Premium smartphone, $300 down and $45 a month for unlimited service off AT&T towers". God, those things would FLY off the shelf.
    Tbh I'm not too sure how I would feel about that. On one hand mostly prepaid phones are a joke in comparison to more expensive ones, but otoh that means any random little kid with a few bucks can have the same awesome phone I can. I would prefer my awesome phone to be an awesome little secret and not seen as a cheap prepaid device.

    The other problem is that Walmart also wants ppl on contracts so idk about them carrying a fully unlocked phone for $300 next to their $300 on contract phones. It might not get the proper exposure that it deserves. Most Walmarts also don't carry ST Sim cards. There was a kit a bit back that someone picked up that had all 3 SIM cards in it and a months worth of time for about $58 but I've been to a few Walmarts now and haven't seen one myself. So ST would need to get those out before such things could happen.

    But for me, I want Google to be just successful enough to keep pumping these things out. I don't want to be like an Apple user who walks into Starbucks and everyone from ages 8-80 has the same stupid phone.
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    Google is relatively new to the hardware, consumer-retail business.

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    I strongly agree that Google needs a storefront. The range of their products is so expansive that it could drastically improve the usage of their products. I'm not just talking about the Nexus series, Chromebooks, and such, but in general their software, which encompasses all operating systems. Not only could they sell these products, but they could help people learn how to use products like Google Drive, Docs, etc, and also to show users how to use stock Android & Chrome OS. The main function of their stores should be to educate people in using their software, with the side benefit being able to sell products directly in person to consumers. People would learn that they can pop something into Google Drive on their Windows desktop, and pick it up on their Android smartphone. Or that they can leave their browser on their Apple Macbook with Chrome, and pick up the same pages on their iPhone.

    Also, several of Google's products are almost "impulse buys" - like if the Nexus 4 were subsidized the standard amount, they could sell it for free on contract, and the Nexus 7 is only $200. This would improve sales because people might just try it there, decide they like it, and buy it.
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    I'm not sure if they actually need storefront. I'm not sure about other countries, but in London in U.K. even Samsung do not have a storefront but what they did with the Galaxy S3 and Note release, they held a special event in Westfield for several weeks showing the device, not actually selling it. Google could do a similar tactic for nexus series. Just a thought though.
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    I don't think Google investing in a physical storefront is something that aligns with their business model. Unlike Apple, whose main source of revenue lies in selling hardware, Google's main source of revenue lies in advertising. A physical storefront would mean more expenses for Google and an increase in the price of their devices, something that goes against their interests which is to sell their devices at a low competitive price. For Apple selling their hardware is an end in itself, as that is where their profit lies, for Google on the other hand selling their hardware is only a means to an end, which is for you to start using their products and services and to consume content from their Play Store, all of which refers back to their core businesses: advertisement and search.

    What I think Google should definitely do however, is work harder to make the online Play Store available in as many countries as possible so that more and more people can buy their Nexus devices (and Chromebooks) as well as the movies, music and books they have available there.

    That said, I agree with the idea that Google could set up small kiosks to demo their Nexus devices and Chromebooks (not to sell them), to allow people to use the devices, ask questions and the like. That would be a way for them to give more presence to their devices without making the commitment and investment that a physical storefront demands.
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    Step 1: Go to one of these

    Step 2: Wait for a random person, ask them if they have a nexus 4. Repeat till answer is yes

    Step 3: Ask if you can check it out. If answer is no go back to step 2

    Step 4: ???

    Step 5: Profit :P
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    All Google needs to do is get an agreement with their partners to be able to sell their devices. So not only do we get a store that sells Nexus, but they sell GS3, OneX/S, Droids, Optimuses. That way people come to a location where they sell Google products. I'm also very pleased with what Google has done with the Nexus 4. Maybe for a next release we can get two versions. the economical version and one with top specs from the partner and latest Android software. I wouldn't mind paying the difference if the phone had a spec'd up version. That would make the nexus line more aggressive and be able to sell better storefront.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ramonm2 View Post
    All Google needs to do is get an agreement with their partners to be able to sell their devices. So not only do we get a store that sells Nexus, but they sell GS3, OneX/S, Droids, Optimuses. That way people come to a location where they sell Google products. I'm also very pleased with what Google has done with the Nexus 4. Maybe for a next release we can get two versions. the economical version and one with top specs from the partner and latest Android software. I wouldn't mind paying the difference if the phone had a spec'd up version. That would make the nexus line more aggressive and be able to sell better storefront.
    oh.. you mean like a carrier store?
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    Here, in Belgium almost every store to buy technology stuff is a store seperated from a carrier and when you buy a phone it comes unlocked so it is very easy but, one problem: rumors have spoken and it looks like the stores have to buy the nexus 4 for a much higher price and like there is no offline store in Belgium it is very possible that the phone will kost like 599 and that is too much I think so be happy to have an offline store in the US and you aren't in like me here
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    Quote Originally Posted by still1 View Post
    google has a chrome retail store in london but not sure if it still exist.
    also not sure if they have a store in other locations and if they sell Nexus devices

    like many said above it would drive the cost up. Google=Online
    They have a few, partners with Currys PCWorld. Only in some of the biggest stores though

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