Google’s Rubin Rejects Retail Store Rumors

Google LabsRemember how the website reported, courtesy of an “extremely reliable source,” that Google was planning to launch retail stores in the U.S.? It turns out that source wasn’t so reliable after all, with Android chief Andy Rubin taking the time to shoot down the rumors in an interview with reporters at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. “Google has no plans and we have nothing to announce,” Rubin said in response to the issue.

The rumors, which told of Google opening stores in time for the holiday season that were similar to those established by Apple and Microsoft, were based around Google needed a physical space to give consumers a place to try out new products such as the Google Nexus and Chromebooks. However, Rubin said that a retail store would be unnecessary since consumers often get product information online without having to visit stores.

Rubin also added that Google’s products weren’t developed enough to justify retail stores. “For Nexus, I don’t think the program is far enough along to think about the necessity of having these things in a retail store,” he said. Google does sell some of its products in Best Buy stores, but that’s small comfort to those people who were looking forward to a chance to try out Google Glass in person.

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