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Android chief slams door on rumors of Google retail stores

updated 03:32 pm EST, Tue February 26, 2013

Discussion at Mobile World Conference denies rumors

At a hour-long round table discussion at the Mobile World Conference, Google's Android chief Andy Rubin refuted rumors that the search engine needed to open retail stores. In response to reporter questions, Rubin said that the market had shifted, and customers "don't have to go in the store and feel it anymore."

Rubin also stated that the Nexus hardware was still in its infancy, saying that "for Nexus, I don't think the program is far enough along to think about the necessity of having these things in a retail store." Putting a lid on the rumors, at least for now, he concluded with "Google has no plans and we have nothing to announce."

The rumor postulated that the stores would help to educate customers on the Google Glass device, as few customers would be willing to buy an item that is expected to retail for $1,500, putting it well out of impulse purchase range for most US consumers. The store idea could also have served to highlight products like the new Chrome Pixel notebook, or Google's driverless cars.




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  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    Rubin is the Ballmer of Google: keep the good work, Andy!

  1. And.reg

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    Joined: 02-22-04

    Originally Posted by NewsPosterView Post

    At a hour-long round table discussion at the Mobile World Conference, Google's Android chief Andy Rubin refuted rumors that the search engine needed to open retail stores.



    Google will have retail stores. It's just guaranteed to happen. I'm actually surprised it hasn't happened sooner...

  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: 11-03-09

    Originally Posted by chas_mView Post

    Rubin is the Ballmer of Google: keep the good work, Andy!



    And you are the clown of macnn. Keep up the good work!

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    Originally Posted by wrenchyView Post

    And you are the clown of macnn. Keep up the good work!



    We all notice that you didn't dispute him. :p

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