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Google selling Galaxy Nexus Smartphones on Google Play Store
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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.

Galaxy Nexus on Google Play Store

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.

Galaxy Nexus on Google Play Store

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?

 

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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