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Google Watchers Expect Company-Branded Stores This Year

timothy posted about 2 years ago | from the yes-but-how-will-you-find-it dept.

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9to5Google cites "an extremely reliable source" in reporting that "Google is in the process of building stand-alone retail stores in the U.S. and hopes to have the first flagship Google Stores open for the holidays in major metropolitan areas. The mission of the stores is to get new Google Nexus, Chrome, and especially upcoming products into the hands of prospective customers. Google feels right now that many potential customers need to get hands-on experience with its products before they are willing to purchase. Google competitors Apple and Microsoft both have retail outlets where customers can try before they buy."

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Wonder where they got that idea. (0, Flamebait)

BasilBrush (643681) | about 2 years ago | (#42922839)

Copying Apple is becoming a habit.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42922853)

So now Apple invented stores?

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42922901)

No, but they have innovated with the concept of a store.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (4, Informative)

Killian35 (1321571) | about 2 years ago | (#42922929)

Hardly, Gateway did this before Apple.

Re: Wonder where they got that idea. (1)

cyber1kenobi (666018) | about 2 years ago | (#42923059)

oh no, you didn't say that did you? the GW stores were a complete failure, bled more money than Bing. walking in to one of those was like walking in to a black hole... Apple has redefined what a store should be

Re: Wonder where they got that idea. (1)

noh8rz10 (2716597) | about 2 years ago | (#42923107)

hmm.. google used to be about the android ecosystem... they made the OS for everybody, and were vendor agnostic. Now they want to sell their own devices at the expense of their competitors. Who is their main competitor? Apple? NOT! It's Samsung. In america's eyes, samsung == android. Note that the "gotta hold it" excuse doesn't apply to any other android manufacturer - they're in best buy, carriers, etc. This is a hardware power play, to make sammy quake. But it is really google that is quaking, did you see the reports that sammy will install its own os? america just wants galaxy phones, not nexus or htc or anybody else.

Re: Wonder where they got that idea. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42923177)

And you don't think Samsung is trying to create its own OS to provide a "better" lock-in for its customers? I can almost guarantee you that that is Samsung's strategy: ditch open Android OS, build out their own OS and platform and (further copy Apple by) provide an ecosystem that is as incompatible as both Apple and any of the Kindle devices from Amazon.

At some point consumers are going to have be very clear with these companies that they create the platforms, but the content (data, music etc.) is wholly owned by the consumer and not something that should be locked into a proprietary device format.

Google made what??? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42929003)

This is why dumbdroids are considered some of the dumbest and most ingonrant people in the planet.

Google didn't make krap. They PURCHASE Android (who was a bad clone of the BlackberryOS at the time) then when iOS came out turned it into a cheap iOS clone.

Re: Wonder where they got that idea. (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42923181)

The local Gateway store was this dingy place that actually had their computers set up on card tables. It's like they were planning for failure. You also couldn't buy anything there, just sit down at a computer and order it online.

If anything, I would say Sony did it first and Apple copied the "Sony Experience" or whatever the fuck it was called.

Re: Wonder where they got that idea. (1)

Xeranar (2029624) | about 2 years ago | (#42932985)

Not really, walk into any high-end luxury store on the coasts and you would see the exact same concept in action. I rememberan article where it was Jobs or a high-level apple exec describing a coach store and how they wanted Apple to appeal to that crowd with the more personalized approach.

To be fair I love how Apple operates their stores even if I don't need that personal a relationship with a store. It is how stores should operate, including the healthy pay rates. Google stores are a welcome inclusion and I see no reason why they won't remain brand-agnostic simply because selling some core devices is a good exercise in marketing and offering a direct outlet to the public. At this point I'm surprised that Apple or Google hasn't just purchased a carrier.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (2)

sootman (158191) | about 2 years ago | (#42924353)

As with many other things, the key differencee is that Apple did them well. [asymco.com] (Scroll down to the last graph [asymco.com] in the story for the best picture.) Believe me -- Google is hoping to copy Apple, not Gateway. Or Sony. Or Microsoft. If this is even happening at all.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (1)

motoservo (1327295) | about 2 years ago | (#42925277)

We'll see who they copy. If Google puts their stores in areas with high pedestrian traffic (malls and busy strip centers), then they've copied Apple. Gateway only had "destination" stores, in areas with cheap real estate that were by and large only accessible by vehicle. That was a significant difference in the two companies approach to retail.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42926551)

I stayed at the Google Hotel in Vietnam , complete with free internet. Google themes all the way. 4 years ago.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42922979)

They innovated with the concept of a store with electronics made by them. There have been other stores before but none with branded electronics. To make the point of copying even more clear, Apple used innovative copper cables throughout the store to ensure proper electrical propagation to both light the space and power devices. They even had to innovate "plug receptacles" in the walls to better distribute the proprietary electrons from the miles of high-tech hipster copper cable! I'm sure we'll see Google stuffing the walls with copper cabling, flowing electrons, and even using those IP infringing electrons to transmit visible light into the space (Google's copying knows no bounds).

Oh, and a door. Google will probably use a door (I'll be here to tell you Google lovers I told you so when it comes true). Just like stealing the swipe to unlock they'll steal the open the door to enter.

Has Google ever done anything new? Doesn't seem like it. Tablet? Apple. Smart phone? Apple. MP3 player? Apple. First GUI? Apple. RAID? Apple. Internet? Apple. Moon rover? Apple. Fusion? Apple. Jesus? Apple.

I think my point is clear.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (2)

Dzimas (547818) | about 2 years ago | (#42923151)

The Sony Store? Or perhaps Bose? They opened in Maine back in 1993. That said, the Google Store won't be a success if they can't fix their supply chain issues.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42923351)

Sony? Bose? Both subsidiaries of the Apple Syndicate. The Cake is a Lie and so are those companies as separate entities. PARC was also an Apple company. Apple invented the conspiracy when they told the world they licensed the GUI from PARC just to make a good back story. In fact, most popular stories blatantly steal Apple's literary story devices. The literary devices in the story of Apple's Founding can be seen in the writings of Hemingway all the way back to Homer.

And no, none of those hackjobs paid Apple ONE SINGLE CENT! The whole western world is based upon Apple developments, inventions, and innovations. Show some respect.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (2)

Nerdfest (867930) | about 2 years ago | (#42923379)

It's gotten pretty bad when people frequently have trouble telling the rabid fan posts from the jokes.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42924461)

dont forget to buy your Apple iHandbasket for your upcoming trip to hell

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 2 years ago | (#42925463)

In the University District in Seattle, there is a Sony store about a half block from an Apple establishment. Both in an upscale shopping center. The Sony store is dark and empty. There are TVs everywhere blabbing various videos.

The Apple store is crowded with people playing with all the little Gizmos. People are lined up in front of the Genious bar. They're walking out with product. Say what you will about Apple stuff, their retail stores have really shaken the industry.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (1)

gig (78408) | about 2 years ago | (#42926427)

In San Francisco there was a Sony store and a Microsoft store in the Metreon mall before Apple Store was even started, and neither made money. Apple put a store one block away and you can barely get in there because it is so full. That is because Apple really thought out what their customers want and need from a retail store and then they built it and iterated on it until it was better and better. Sony and Microsoft did not do that, they just built what were essentially advertisements you could walk into and be further advertised to, like a walk-in billboard. Microsoft's next step was not to learn from Apple and then create a unique Microsoft store that really serves the needs of Microsoft customers, but rather just to copy Apple Store. Same as how Vista was really made for Mac users at a time when Windows users wanted XP version 2.

So I'm very interested to see if Google really sweats the details and comes up with a unique store that serves the needs of their own customers, or whether they just copy Apple Store. If the former, they have a chance to have huge success. If the latter, then everybody will yawn. Consumer will just fucking yawn at the Google Store on their way past it to an Apple Store. If you don't do your own unique thing, there is no news. News is a very, very important part of marketing today, because the Internet is one big news feed. People have already seen the dog riding a skateboard. You have to come with something new to get their interest. Microsoft basically offered a cat riding a skateboard. No news. Hopefully, Google will surprise us and wow us with their new stores. If not, they should not bother.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (2)

CodeBuster (516420) | about 2 years ago | (#42924371)

There have been other stores before but none with branded electronics.

RadioShack always offered their own branded items in their retail outlets. This has been done before, it's nothing new.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42924453)

Actually, I think Satan used an apple long before Jesus Christ or Steve Jobs,... Remember the garden of Eden?

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (1)

gig (78408) | about 2 years ago | (#42926405)

The Web originated on the Apple platform, not the Internet. The rest you have right.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (0)

alen (225700) | about 2 years ago | (#42923031)

sony store
disney store
auto dealers where apple got the idea for self branded stores in the first place

history of any new industry is lots of innovation, products and companies with a somewhat open manufacturing process being replaced by fewer companies and products and integrated processes from design to manufacturing to retail

lots of other self branded stores through the decades

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (0)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | about 2 years ago | (#42925987)

Decades? How about millenia? You've forgotten the Saint Somebodyorother Catholic Church. Rome advances an otherwise forgotten nobody to sainthood, names a church after him/her, then people flock in to make donation and to have sins forgiven. The church sits back, and waits for a "miraculous" healing to take place, or maybe even instigates such a healing, then yet more people flock in to throw money at the altar.

What's worse, I'm sure that the Catholic Church ripped the idea from some pagan religion, which they then obliterated.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42922905)

Hopefully Apple doesn't patent this invention. Let every small entrepreneur who wants to open up a location, and we could give Amazon a run for its money.
Just imagine, people shopping in person! You could try things out before buying them, and no need to wait (or pay) for shipping.
I think they're really on to something here.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42922913)

Naw, the states will try to tax in-person sales.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (1)

swillden (191260) | about 2 years ago | (#42924207)

Hopefully Apple doesn't patent this invention.

Don't be silly. You can't patent a store.

Apple trademarked [slashdot.org] their stores.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (3, Informative)

Spy Handler (822350) | about 2 years ago | (#42922923)

No. Gateway invented their "Gateway Country" stores back in 2000. And since Apple copied Gateway (minus the cow motif), Google is copying a copy of a copy.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (2)

dfghjk (711126) | about 2 years ago | (#42923331)

Apple didn't copy Gateway, it copied Bang & Olufsen. B&O was doing prestige electronics boutiques in the 90's and still has them. Apple steals its design philosophy from much the same sources. It is straight Scandinavian design...uninspired at that. It's also ironic when you consider the reason behind the form originated from an inability to afford anything more.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42924499)

Thank god we're in the digital age. Imagine how lossy all these copies would have been in analog.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42925259)

We'll see who they copy. If Google puts their stores in areas with high pedestrian traffic (malls and busy strip centers), then they've copied Apple. Gateway only had "destination" stores, in areas with cheap real estate that were by and large only accessible by vehicle. That was a significant difference in the two companies approach to retail.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (1)

gig (78408) | about 2 years ago | (#42926397)

The thing is, Apple Store does not look or feel like Gateway stores at all. Not in any way. And Apple Store was made to sell iPod and iPhone and iPad, not PC's like Gateway. And when the first Apple Store opened, people didn't say "wow, that is a copy of a Gateway store!" With Microsoft, the way they cloned Apple Store was disturbing, and Microsoft's stores are not even practical for them. They should have bought Blockbuster and had lower-end stores in lots of neighborhoods where their customers could transition from DVD to Xbox/PC.

I don't think anyone has a problem with Google opening a store. The issue is will they do stores that are truly designed for Google products, or will they just copy Apple Store? After seeing Microsoft copy Apple and Google copy Microsoft and Apple, it is hard not to be cynical. Many people expect we are just going to see another Apple Store clone from Google. A Google store should be much, much smaller, and have more of a science fair or Exploratorium vibe than Apple Store. If they do their own thing, that could really be spectacular, and everyone will benefit because we can go to the mall and there will be an additional modern store with modern products. But if they copy Apple Store that is just pissing in the pool. That just confuses people into thinking Google is another fake Apple, and makes the mall more generic. Hopefully, Google will take this seriously (almost no chance, I know) and create something really unique and special.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (1)

SeaFox (739806) | about 2 years ago | (#42923259)

So now Apple invented stores?

No. But if Apple (and to a lesser extent, Microsoft) didn't have stores, do you still think Google would see them as necessary?
I doubt it.

Stores for All (1)

tuppe666 (904118) | about 2 years ago | (#42923421)

If Apple (and to a lesser extent, Microsoft) didn't have stores, do you still think Google would see them as necessary?
I doubt it.

I'm disagree, the need to showcase your *brand* has become more important than electronics themselves, and what better way to showcase the products than having a dedicated shop.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (1)

Boomerang Fish (205215) | about 2 years ago | (#42923747)

So now Apple invented stores?

No, the iStore.... and they locked your wallet when you walked in.

--
I Drank what?

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (1)

node 3 (115640) | about 2 years ago | (#42924359)

So now Apple invented stores?

That's a non sequitur. There's no way around it that Google (and Microsoft before them) are copying Apple by opening their own stores. The thing to keep it mind is that this isn't a knock against Google (or MS, but MS does get some justified ragging for so blatantly copying Apple).

I suspect (and hope!) these Google stores will have their own unique Google feel to them, and not seem like a bizarro Apple Store, like MS's stores are. And also not so bogglingly "me too!" in their choice of location.

Apple copied Gateway in opening company stores. The main difference here is that while Gateway's stores were a total failure, Apple's have been a phenomenal success. And importantly, they were (and are) unique. This is made all the more notable given the way Apple's foray into retail was universally panned by the pundits and opinionated bloggers.

MS's stores are absurd, and an obvious ploy to ape Apple in hopes of some of their "cool" rubbing off on them. It's not like you have to search far and wide for MS products the way you did (and still do, in some ways) Apple products. But Google is more like Apple at the moment, where you don't really have a place to fully grasp the hardware Google has to offer. Where can you try out a Chromebook? Where have you ever even seen a Chromebox? Or any Nexus other than a 7?

And support? The Genius Bar is a huge benefit for Apple customers. Google has nothing like it, and sorely needs it. But not just an Genius Bar clone like MS has done, but something new, unique, and suited for the products Google provides.

I don't know how successful in the "cool" category a Google store would be, but as long as it's not a complete rip-off of Apple's (or anyone else's) stores, this is at the very least an interesting idea, and could set the groundwork for future Google products (like Glass).

I can hear the screeching already... (1)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about 2 years ago | (#42922867)

"It's a monopoly, it's a monopoly..." screech the Pro-Apple-Anti-Microsoft and Pro-Microsoft-Anti-Apple fanboys

Re:I can hear the screeching already... (2)

eksith (2776419) | about 2 years ago | (#42923047)

You left out the Anti-Apple-Anti-Microsoft-Anti-Google folks or the Anti-Google-Pro-Apple... aaargh, there are too many Anti-* and Pro-* permutations to type and I'm tired.

Bottom line, I doubt any resonable person would have a problem with any *-Store as long as they don't stifle local shops. Really your choice of a brand name has less to do with shops and more to do with marketing (though effectively designed shops can add something, which Apple's did), innate appeal (which fanboys already have) and lack of choice, which Google isn't really barging into in the store front, only the search and maybe email front.

Stores are still not a problem as long as they stay at the sub-Walmart level.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (0)

Qwavel (733416) | about 2 years ago | (#42922873)

I wonder whether Apple has patented the idea?

If not, they really should have. As you have pointed out this another instance of Google flagrantly copying an Apple innovation. Release the lawyers!

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (5, Funny)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 2 years ago | (#42922963)

Apple, Microsoft, and Google walk into a mall:
Apple: I will seduce them with Jobsian user experiences!
Microsoft: I will bury them with my usual, cheap second-mover tactics!
Google: I will claim not to be evil, and send Androids to drink both Apple's and Microsoft's milkshakes.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (1)

node 3 (115640) | about 2 years ago | (#42924367)

That's a surprisingly accurate and succinct summation of the three!

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42925665)

Wanted to get to an actually funny punchline, but let's face it: serious business is kinda dry.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42931925)

You forgot Samsung...

Samsung: I'll just hang back and copy all of em! After all, I get good karma as victim of copyright/patent infringement lawsuits, and the netizens are whores for that kinda thing.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (1)

Albanach (527650) | about 2 years ago | (#42923053)

I seriously hope your sarcasm tags were stripped out by slashdot's html filter.

If not, I think you'll find that shops have existed for quite some time. You'll probably also find Google shops are a bit more colorful and, dare I say it, more fun than the Apple Store.

Yes Apple patented their store. *rolls eyes* (1)

tuppe666 (904118) | about 2 years ago | (#42923401)

I wonder whether Apple has patented the idea?

If not, they really should have. As you have pointed out this another instance of Google flagrantly copying an Apple innovation. Release the lawyers!

http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/patents-apple-store/ [patentlyapple.com]

Re:Yes Apple patented their store. *rolls eyes* (2)

Anomalyst (742352) | about 2 years ago | (#42924493)

I hope Google doesnt build their store with round corners!

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42922981)

They are like the kid who cheats in class by looking over the smart kid's shoulder. First it was Yahoo!, then it was Keyhole, Android, YouTube (until they bought them) they tried to copy Facebook, Office, etc...

I still think they are just a front for Wall St. to move money around. Text based ads that can be blocked aren't that great of an idea.

Cheaters Prosper (1)

tuppe666 (904118) | about 2 years ago | (#42923385)

They are like the kid who cheats in class by looking over the smart kid's shoulder. First it was Yahoo!, then it was Keyhole, Android, YouTube (until they bought them) they tried to copy Facebook, Office, etc...

I think you need to keep up. Apple copied the mp3 player; microsoft copied the console; Facebook copied the phone; Amazon copied the tablet. etc etc. Maybe its not copying at all, but large mega-corporations entering related established markets with near monopoly status, and high barriers of entry [lots and lots of cash], and sometimes its works out really well product.

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42922983)

In other news... Slashdot is changing it's domain to Appledot, and it's slogan to "News for Nerds, Stuff That Matters to Those Who Either Love Apple or Hate Apple"

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (1)

node 3 (115640) | about 2 years ago | (#42924393)

In other news, only 2 of the 15 stories on Slashdot's front page have anything to do with Apple, directly or obliquely. In this case, one is about an apple (fruit) store changing its name due to people calling it up thinking it's about Apple (technology). The other is this one, which is a rumor about Google following another of Apple's leads (and quite likely, very wisely so).

Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42923489)

shameless apple shill is shameless

ubuntu linux stores next (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42922927)

Ubuntu £inux is the next step in brand name stores. First they sell you a phone to create a monopoly and they force you to use their Ubuntu Only Linux Steam Client to play games. Then they restrict you from playing hit releases such as Aliens: Colonial Marines because they "don't work on Linux" and sell you World of Goo instead. Ubuntu is far more dangerous than google. Ubuntu has hijacked the PC industry and threatening long standing infrastructure. Microsoft is doing their best to prevent Ubuntu from becoming the first major monopoly in computing history but it isn't enough. Ubuntu may look free, but it is a lie! The cost to your productivity and soul is eternal.

Re:ubuntu linux stores next (1)

BanHammor (2587175) | about 2 years ago | (#42923193)

I don't know who is posting those things, but they are really, really great.

Re:ubuntu linux stores next (1)

miknix (1047580) | about 2 years ago | (#42923469)

Sir, you deserve a medal! How did you managed to get up moderated with this wonderful piece of Astroturfing?

Never fear!, UnderGNU is here.... (1)

rts008 (812749) | about 2 years ago | (#42926653)

RMS, waving his katana, will lead the HURD in the counter assault.

This will become known as the store (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42922959)

where the answer to ever customer question begins with "So...."

Re:This will become known as the store (5, Funny)

game kid (805301) | about 2 years ago | (#42922993)

"So...."? Not "Did you mean" [google.com] ?

Who is "9to5Google"? (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 2 years ago | (#42923109)

Looks to me that this is a phony account and journal spam (which, by the way is averaging over 250 adverts a day) is spilling over onto the front page..

A recent retail experience (3, Insightful)

chienandalou (2637845) | about 2 years ago | (#42923209)

I went to Northgate Mall in Seattle three weeks ago looking to get either a Nexus 4 or a Samsung galaxy s3.

Samsung products were everywhere.

The only place I could find a Nexus 4 was the Tmobile store, and yes, what tipped me to the Nexus was trying it out.

There was an unaffiliated tablet/phone store elsewhere in the mall that had a Nexus 7 and maybe a 10, but you had to look hard for them.

It still seems weird that you would need to open a whole store as opposed to striking deals for retail space for your stuff, though.

Re:A recent retail experience (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42924735)

Tthe OS sucks. It requires a continuous net connection and in the stores I found them you couldn't do jack shit with them because the store didn't have them configured for their network. In only one store was I able to get one to do something and it ... stopped working. I noticed the wifi was crying for attention and it seems all their wireless devices had lost connection. The non-google-os units would still work at local tasks. I could not get the damn thing to even bring up anything. The staff didn't give a shit about the wireless going down.

Re:A recent retail experience (1)

gig (78408) | about 2 years ago | (#42926337)

There is almost no consumer demand for Nexus devices, therefore there is almost no retailer demand for Nexus devices, therefore you can't find Nexus devices at retail very easily. The idea with Google opening its own store is apparently to stimulate consumer demand by showing them the devices and enabling them to try them out.

Another problem with Nexus devices at retail is that Google is not a phone maker or seller, or a consumer electronics company. They did not know what they were doing when it came to marketing the Nexus devices and they did an extremely poor job of it.

It had better be quick (4, Funny)

kanweg (771128) | about 2 years ago | (#42923305)

If I can't find what I'm looking for in 0.254 seconds, I'm out of that store again.

Bert
Spoiled brat
Who bets that there are ads in the store

Re:It had better be quick (1)

ameoba (173803) | about 2 years ago | (#42923899)

It should be quick - they only have five products.

sheep to the slaughter (0)

Stonefish (210962) | about 2 years ago | (#42923531)

This is suicide for google, and a traditional play by managers with no imagination who want to show that they can do things in an environment which is dominated by technical types that they can't and won't understand. This is money better spent by infiltrating the educational space or keeping margins lower. Please Google, keep the list of names of the people who support this initiative so that is can be a permanent blemish on their reconds. I for one won't be employing them.

Will it work like google search? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42923599)

You walk into the store, which unexplainably changes its facade for every random holiday far after the novelty has worn off.
You go up to a sale person and tell him you want to buy a Television and before he can respond, you get 3 other sales people from other stores that jump in front and shove ads in your hands. You stare, dumbfounded, at the sale person and he says, "did you mean Telephones?" and then shows you 6 phones, none of which are what you wanted. And then he shows you 10 other boxes of phones that are basically the same phone.
And then he brags that there are 50 thousand other phones that match what you asked for back in the storeroom.
Then he smiles and asks you if you're feeling lucky. This is strangely arousing.

Re:Will it work like google search? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42923783)

My mind is not near dirty enough, I never thought of "I'm Feeling Lucky" as sexual.

As with Microsoft - it's hard to see this working (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about 2 years ago | (#42923693)

Google has a very small product line - it's hard to see how they can fill a store, unless they're going to be carrying a lot of "partner" (competitor's) Android phones. And, at this point in time, most of those partners are probably not that comfortable in their relationship with Google.

Re:As with Microsoft - it's hard to see this worki (1)

node 3 (115640) | about 2 years ago | (#42924419)

Not at first, no. But when the Nexus 27 smartphone is launched at Google I/O this year, the need for a full retail space will make more sense.

Re:As with Microsoft - it's hard to see this worki (1)

gig (78408) | about 2 years ago | (#42926323)

The Nexus devices sell in extremely small numbers, and mostly to computer nerds who decided to buy them before they even shipped, and who will almost certainly just order them online whenever they become available. That's the exact opposite of why you open a store.

Re:As with Microsoft - it's hard to see this worki (1)

node 3 (115640) | about 2 years ago | (#42930127)

I may have been too subtle (or just unfunny, which is often the same thing). A Nexus 27 would take up a lot of space. Android phones are getting humorously large (Note II). 93 Escort Wagon was wondering how they would fill a store with so few products...

So, nothing?

I wonder if I should go there when I am shopping? (2)

erroneus (253617) | about 2 years ago | (#42923767)

Google is a search service. They provide a lot of useful information. I wonder if I should go there seeking anything and everything? I ask Google for things of all sorts not the least of which is how to hack my nexus 4 and nexus 7 devices. I wonder, then if I should go to those brick and mortar sites for the same sort of service? :)

Perhaps this is my clever way of wondering if Google isn't exceeding itself a bit too much. I can see Google "guiding" the Android user experience with their own, ostensibly non-competing devices and I was prepared to let it slide. But the idea that they would open a brick and mortar shop? To sell something? I'm a little confused.

On one hand, I would be more inclined to buy Google devices from local Google stores than I would to buy them online. But that's just me. This all leaves me curious... and maybe a little suspicious.

Auction site next please, Google (3, Insightful)

hack slash (1064002) | about 2 years ago | (#42923971)

Although I've been using eBay for 13 years I'm getting really sick of them fucking with the layout and search engine every 6 months to the point where it's now no longer user-friendly but user-hostile. I've managed to stave off some of the shit they're trying to force on us (like oversized 'thumbnails' that are so large you can only see 3 or 4 items in a list of up to 200 on your screen) by some greasemonkey scripts but it's a never-ending fight against their retarded programmers who seem to keep tweaking things just to justify their wages (which should be frozen for their detrimental impact to the UI of the site).

Re:Auction site next please, Google (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42924313)

Good... does that mean you're back to bricks and mortar or just whining cuz the techie elves costumes have changed and you don't like this quarter's color scheme?

Re:Auction site next please, Google (2)

hack slash (1064002) | about 2 years ago | (#42925197)

Removing wildcard search is not "this quarter's color scheme" you ignorant troll, it's taking away the powerful ability to fuzzy search, eg you can't simply use 197* to find something from the 1970's you have to put this long string in instead (1970,1971,1972,1973,1974,1975,1976,1977,1978,1979) which doesn't guarantee finding all the related listings.
And trying to find electronic components if you know the first few digits of a range of compatable parts/revisions is almost impossible without wildcard search, same goes for model numbers of equipment.

Like I said, user-hostile.

Re:Auction site next please, Google (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 2 years ago | (#42926945)

eBay is beyond incompetence. My favorite recent interface fuckup is price ranges. Last I checked you can no longer search on items under or over a price, you have to search on a price range. But you can remove one bound or the other from the URL to get an under/over search. So the functionality is still there, but they've removed it from the GUI. Netflix does the same stupid bitchy shit. List views are still there; just add vt=tl to the URL. But you can no longer get them via the GUI...

Mega super source - yeah! (1)

Dainutehvs (936606) | about 2 years ago | (#42923987)

"an extremely reliable source" - sounds like teenager chatter to me

Google opens first retail store (1)

David Gerard (12369) | about 2 years ago | (#42924751)

COURT ROAD, Tottenham, Friday (NTN) — Internet advertising agency Google [newstechnica.com] is opening its first retail store, selling the Internet-only Chromebook.

"We've put a lot of effort into making it feel welcoming, homely and, dare I say it, 'Googley'," said Arvind Desikan, head of consumer marketing. The revolutionary shopping experience leverages Google's famous abilities in customer service, having no staff. Customers seeking advice on a product can simply log in with their Google account to the in-store forum, where they and other customers can assist each other.

"People will be able to go in and have a play with the devices, so they can get a feel for what it's about and we can monitor their reaction." Persons seeking entry to the store must give their bank account name and glue an RFID tag to their forehead, so as to create a suitably decorous shopping environment, "just like in real life." Should they be discovered to be using a name the Google Identity algorithm considers unlikely, they will be ejected mid-purchase and their GMail and Android phone disabled, for their comfort and convenience.

The store is in Tottenham Court Road, occupying a corner of the Church of Scientology, so as to select for the valuable demographic of people who want shiny things and are willing to pay a hundred quid more than they would for an ordinary netbook that does more. A second store will be opened in Lakeside for customers of similar discernment.

The Google store still anticipates more customers than the Microsoft stores. Rumours of the purchase of a Windows phone somewhere in Britain are as yet unconfirmed, despite investigations by sceptics' organisations.

Google Watchers? (1)

tirefire (724526) | about 2 years ago | (#42924849)

I tried Weight Watchers and only lost 4 pounds over 4 weeks.

Now I'm on Google Watchers and I've gained 20 pounds in 2 weeks.

Today at Friendly's Restaurant, Saw "Order Online" (1)

retroworks (652802) | about 2 years ago | (#42925275)

I was just puzzling this morning at the restaurant sign... how exactly I would order my hot pancake breakfast and coffee, or ice cream sundae, online? Tonight I read I can walk down the aisles at Google to find my search at the shopping mall. Is this what dementia feels like?

When? (1)

glitch23 (557124) | about 2 years ago | (#42925637)

hopes to have the first flagship Google Stores open for the holidays

Why would they care about being open for Earth Day? I know companies like to be 'green' nowadays but what is so special about opening on April 22?

The Google Store would be a vending machine... (1)

RocketRabbit (830691) | about 2 years ago | (#42925641)

This keeps in practice with their policy of never allowing any human contact with a Google employee.

The staff will shake you down for personal data (1)

gig (78408) | about 2 years ago | (#42926309)

and then give you a virus.

useful (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42927113)

Great - I always have trouble finding things in the Mall. This search function will help.

New google search feature! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42927503)

If they ever do open it, you know they should have a "Google Bar" where you can ask questions. Because that is what is going to happen! People over a certain age that much rather have someone else do their research for them would come in and just ask questions. Like: Where is the nearest bestbuy? How can I import photos on my computer? What's the difference between ram and hard drives? ... But I wonder when they ring you out, would they have a counter for how long it would take? It took 30.284 seconds to ring you out today! Then again, it could end up like the Microsoft store except instead of a bunch of kids playing Xbox, they would watch YouTube videos.

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