May 14, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Just days after I asked Google to adopt a more traditional method to sell phones, VP Andy Rubin has announced that Google will begin selling the Nexus One in stores. I’m not silly enough to take credit for this development, but do you guys mind if we pretend that Rubin reached this decision after reading my heartfelt post? Thanks, you’re the best.
Rubin acknowledged that Google’s method for selling phones online only was not in the best interest of the phone. This is something people have said since day one; it’s good to hear Rubin realize that the best way to promote Android is to have its best product, the Nexus One, more readily available to consumers.
According to his post on the official Google Blog, the Nexus One will be available in more countries using the same model used in Europe, where Vodafone handles the selling and support for each phone. Carriers throughout Europe will do the same, but it is unclear when T-Mobile and AT&T will also begin selling the device in their U.S. stores.
Once the Nexus is readily available in stores, Google will stop selling it online. The Google phone store will transition into a showcase for all Android products.
Innovation requires constant iteration. We believe that the changes we’re announcing today will help get more phones to more people quicker, which is good for the entire Android ecosystem: users, partners and also Google.
- Andy Rubin [Google]