Google to open high street shops this year, rumour says
The Android-maker will open its own shops in mere months, a rumour says, hinting Google Glass could be with us soon.
The high street may bearound us , but it's not deterring one company from setting up shop, in the US at least. And that company is Google, according to a rumour.
9to5Google reports that an "extremely reliable source" has told it the Android-maker "hopes to have the first flagship Google Stores open for the holidays in major metropolitan areas." demo areas, anyone?
Google is increasingly branching out into hardware, thanks to partner deals with the likes of Nexus 4 wouldn't be so unobtainable. It could also selland LG. And maybe a physical shop would mean its
According to the report, Google is gearing up to hit the high street because it thinks punters are unlikely to shell out for pricey gear without trying it first. This all sounds to me like Google Glass could launch sooner rather than later.
Google already has told AllThingsD in December that it "had no aspirations to open a store."in some PC World outlets here in the UK, and some Best Buys in the US. Though recently the company was keen to downplay rumours it would open standalone shops. Google Shopping head Sameer Samat
He added: "We aren't planning on being a retailer. We don't view being a retailer right now as the right decision."
Amazon is also. Its CEO and founder Jeff Bezos said in an interview at the end of last year that he wanted to do it in a way that's "uniquely Amazon". He said: "The question we would always have before we would embark on such a thing is what's the idea, what would we do that would be different, how would it be better… we don't want to be redundant."
Should Internet giants hit the high street? It's an interesting trend, with some former retail greats Facebook., and becoming online only. And would you shop at an Amazon or Google store? Let me know in the comments or over on