This is very interesting. Many Android blogs including Droid Life is reporting that Google will be opening up retail stores in time for the 2013 Holidays season.
I'm not sure what to think of this. We'll have to see what Google says about this. We have many questions about it.
- Will it be a retail store in the traditional sense?
- Will it be a showcase store like Microsoft?
- Will it be like Apple's strategy? If so, will it have a genius-like bar?
- Will it focus on its own products or will Google also carry competing Android devices from HTC, Samsung, and/or Sony?
I'm sure Google will also try to showcase its tablets as well as Chrome OS netbooks, which is just about the only device that it does not make. Also, if you've been to a Microsoft store, they have PCs, tablets, and laptops that are made by its partners. I reckon Google will do the same.
Google will likely have a section of the store that shows off its Nexus and Motorola products while the rest of the store will be dedicated to its partners.
According to 9to5Google, Google already has mini stores at Best Buy, which I admit I did not know. The focus of those stores were to help educate consumers.
Regardless, it looks like Apple and Microsoft employees will be joined by Googlers at a mall near you soon. One can only hope.