Nexus One Changes:More retail availability. As we make Nexus One available in more countries we’ll follow the same model we’ve adopted in Europe,where we're working with partners to offer Nexus One to consumersthrough existing retail channels. We’ll shift to a similar modelglobally.From retail to viewing. Once we have increased the availabilityof Nexus One devices in stores, we'll stop selling handsets via the webstore, and will instead use it as an online store window to showcase avariety of Android phones available globally.Innovation requires constant iteration. We believe that the changeswe're announcing today will help get more phones to more peoplequicker, which is good for the entire Android ecosystem: users,partners and also Google.
"people still prefer an in-store, hands-on experience with a smartphone before they buy it"
They never would have bought them sight unseen for $529.00 anyway.
I would have bought one if they were inexpensive. The ones that are price-subsidized by contract are with carriers that don't have towers here and good signal is a must these days.
Google could have just make a less expensive phone that we all could buy and use, but they got into a tizzy with Apple and had to try to 'kill' the iPhone off instead. No wonder they failed at the retail end of it. They didn't build what we wanted/needed for a decent price.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
The key to successful business, farm out support to a third party. In this case to the carriers. of course if they do that then Google might not be able to push out over the air updates when they want to. As it is now the nexus One is a developer/enthusiast phone and those users expect the over the air updates when they are available regular consumers just want their phones to work all the time.
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