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Google Stops Selling Its Own Phone

May 15th, 2010 05:17 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

Dave Knott notes that Google has announced that it will close its online cell phone store and no longer sell the Nexus One smart phone directly to consumers. “While the global adoption of the Android platform has exceeded our expectations, the web store has not,” wrote Andy Rubin a Google VP Engineering, on the official company blog. “It’s remained a niche channel for early adopters, but it’s clear that many customers like a hands-on experience before buying a phone, and they also want a wide range of service plans to chose from.” From the Globe and Mail article: “At least one aspect of Google’s attempt to disrupt the world of mobile communications — selling phones directly to customers — has failed. … [T]he decision to design and sell the Nexus One was perhaps more potentially disruptive for carriers. … Google plans to continue marketing the Nexus One through ‘existing retail channels, essentially partnering with carriers around the world. The Nexus One web store, meanwhile, will essentially become a marketing portal ‘to showcase a variety of Android phones available globally.’”

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