Coming to a Mall Near You: Google?

It's considering retail stores, but no word on where, or when

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 19, 2013 12:45 PM CST

(Newser) – First Microsoft jumped on the retail-store bandwagon; now Apple stores could face another rival. Google is considering opening its own retail stores, sources tell the Wall Street Journal, but we may not see them for quite a while. An insider says the company may not move on the plan this year. The possibility comes as Google continues to move beyond Web services and software, and may indicate a "change of heart" for CEO Larry Page, who a source says hadn't previously been a big fan of the idea.

Where the stores would be and exactly what they'd sell remains a matter of speculation. Among the likely product candidates: Nexus-brand smartphones and tablets, Chromebook laptops, and even Google Glass, which has a rumored 2014 public debut. Another possibility: The company could push Motorola devices. Microsoft currently has 30 stores and plans to open 11 more, while Apple has some 400, the Journal notes.

This Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, photo shows a Google sign at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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