Google’s Second Attempt At Selling Devices

Posted Apr 27, 2012 at 12:58 pm in Threads > Opinions

I’m sure the majority of you who frequent this site, or any tech site really, have seen that Google has opened up a new section on the Play Store for devices. Obviously, Google is committed to selling future unlocked Nexus devices on here and more likely than not the Nexus tablet will pop up sometime this summer.

My question for all of you is: What would you like to see happen with the Devices section of the Play Store?

Google once talked about having an online store with phones that were unlocked and made by different vendors. There was talk at one time of a professional Nexus device (keyboard and all) but obviously that never materialized.

Personally, I would like to see Google maintain commitment to this store but I also think they need to do something else. The main problem with the Nexus One was that it required blind faith in order to purchase. You couldn’t touch this device or see how it worked. The Galaxy Nexus obviously has a presence at Verizon (and now Sprint) so you can at least get a feel for the device (though the thickness is slightly different with the Verizon version) and see how it functions before you make your purchase online. Google needs to have some sort of retail presence, whether they end up opening Google stores, or they partner with a carrier to launch a subsidized version of the phone which would allow you to touch and play with it.

So fellow AAM readers, what do you want to see happen with the Device section on the play store?