Sep 30 AT 12:06 PM Dima Aryeh 12 Comments

First Google Play vending machines launch in Tokyo, offer apps over NFC

Play Store Vending Machine 1

The Google Play Store seems like it’s a complete experience, but in reality, it’s missing a big feature. Who knew that feature was a dedicated vending machine? Google launched three vending machines designed to let people download Google Play apps, and all three are sadly in Tokyo Japan. We could have used one near Google headquarters!

The vending machines use NFC to communicate with your device. When you place your phone on the tray, you can start browsing the selection of 18 games on the large touchscreen. They range from free-to-play to paid apps, all of which can be sent to your phone. And if you don’t happen to have an Android phone on hand, there is a Nexus 4 to try out and play with.

But what’s the point? I don’t think there is one, other than promoting the Play Store and Android in Japan. The vending machines will promote apps to passersby and allow people another cool thing to experience. And while they aren’t very useful, I’d love to get my hands on one. They work with all devices that have Android 4.0+ and NFC, so most devices are applicable. Check out the gallery of the machines and tell us what you think of them in the comments!

Play Store Vending Machine 1 Play Store Vending Machine 2 Play Store Vending Machine 3 Play Store Vending Machine 4 Play Store Vending Machine 5 Play Store Vending Machine 6 Play Store Vending Machine 7

Source: Engadget

Dima Aryeh is obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • uknowme

    Strange but it will save on data I guess.

    • SGB101

      Wouldn’t the NFC just sent the link of the app, not the app itself, then use your own wifi? Or send the app via BT from machine to device?

      I do wonder who thinks of these marketing ads up? I liked the UK nexus7 one from last week, ‘free nexus if you was sat in a given seat at a given time’.

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  • Arthur

    Japan, Tokyo in particular is vending machine heaven, if that is your thing. Nothing surprising about Google joining in on the action to promote Google Play since now NTT Docomo has begin selling iPhones for the first time.

  • scubabum

    I would think this vending machine acts a billboard commercial for Google Play.
    It probably displays and raise awareness to new/hot items.
    It is eye-catching, especially in Japan where folks are used to buying stuffs from vending machines.
    The idea of using NFC to download apps to the phone is interesting.

  • Jamz

    What About Other Phones Without NFC ? Is There A VM Support Them ? I Wish .. Haha

  • pjamies

    Wow, only in japan do they have a vending machine to do the exact same thing you can do on your phone.. (except purchase hardware and get it that exact second!)
    Talk about redundant !!