Calif. – Google (NASD: GOOG) announced on
Friday that it will make its Nexus One smartphone available in more countries
and in more retail stores globally, following an acknowledgment that sales from
its own online store have been sluggish.
"While the global adoption of the
Android platform has exceeded our expectations, the web store has not," Google
vice president of engineering Andy Rubin wrote in a post on the company’s blog.
"It’s remained a niche channel for early adopters, but it’s clear that
many customers like a hands-on experience before buying a phone, and they also
want a wide range of service plans to chose from."
Once the company
increases the availability of the Nexus One in stores, it plans to stop selling
handsets entirely from the Web store, which at that point will instead be used
"as an online store window to showcase a variety of Android phones
(Google blog post)