After a string of successful hardware products, Google could be about to launch its first US retail stores - with the first flagship venues up and running by the end of the year.
New whisperings from "an extremely reliable source" has led 9to5 Google to believe the search giant is currently in the process of building stand-alone retail stores in the US. The site rightly points out that, since both Apple and Microsoft have their own stores, this isn't an unlikely possibility.
The new stores would be designed to get Google products like the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Google Chrome OS physically in front of customers with trained Google staff on-hand to explain the products to the public.
According to 9to5 Google, the decision was made as Google developed its Google Glass AR technology and realised that non-technical folks will probably need a run-through and an explanation before parting with their cash.
Flagship stores in several "major metropolitan areas" are thought to be opening before the end of the year and will be a significant step-up from the current Google in-store zones that operate in Best Buy and PC World.
Nothing has been said about whether the UK could be in line for some Google retail therepy - but if anything develops, we'll let you know.
Via: 9to5 Google