Google selling Galaxy Nexus Smartphones on Google Play Store
Google has returned to the model introduced when the Nexus One was announced on January 5, 2010..the direct sale model was short lived with Google shutting down the Web Store in favour of “working with partners around the world”. This time around the Galaxy Nexus one is available at the Google Play Store (currently only in the US) for the impressive price of $399 unlocked and contract free. To price compare, this phone is available from Telus and other Canadian carriers without contract but sim-locked for $699. In the US it is $649 from Verizon and $549 from Sprint.
It has been rumoured for while now that Google was looking to start selling phones and tablets in its own online store. The model on sale seems to be identical to the GSM Galaxy Nexus already available in most major worldwide markets, with 16GB of storage and radio bands for GSM / HSPA+ 21. Google features Google Wallet front and centre in the listing, a feature which some carriers have been reluctant to support.
This looks like step one in Google’s return to retail and I expect this deal to be available in Canada an other markets soon..But more importantly I think it pretty much confirms the rumours that Google is planning to offer an ASUS built Nexus Tablet as early as this summer. What do you think?