12:05 pm February 19, 2013, by Christopher Seward
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Since Google’s Android operating system powers so many smartphones and other devices these days, it makes sense the multibillion-dollar company might establish its own stores to put more of the devices in consumers’ hands.
The Wall Street Journal reports the company, known originally for its search engine, is developing plans to launch retail stores in the U.S. The news site quotes people familiar with the plans as its source. The report says it isn’t clear when or where any stores would open.
Google, the company behind YouTube, Picasa, Gmail and the Chrome web browser, would be following the lead of its No. 1 competitor when it comes to operating systems, Apple. The company behind the iOS operating system, which powers iPhones, iPads and a range of other “i” products, has about 400 retail locations worldwide. Microsoft, another tech giant, has also opened locations to sell its software, Xboxes and new Surface tablets.
Both Apple and Microsoft have retail locations in metro Atlanta.
What might Google offer in its stores? For one, a much wider variety of phones than Apple has on its shelves. Devices running Android include Google’s own Nexus line of smartphones and tablets, in addition to laptops and desktop PCs running its Chrome OS operating system. There are devices by Motorola Mobility, which Google acquired last year, and other brands running Android, including Samsung, HTC and LG.
Do you think Google stores would give Apple’s a run for their money?
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