The adoption rate for Android has skyrocketed in the last few months with more and more carriers offering Google’s mobile OS devices. The NPD Group released a report earlier this week showing Android’s market share had risen significantly in the first quarter even surpassing Apple’s iPhone.
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So news that Google will be shutting down their web store is somewhat shocking, but not entirely surprising. Sales of the Nexus One weren’t mind blowing when compared to the iPhone but it’s sold well enough and Google has now realized that consumers want to see an item in person before making a decision to purchase one.
While the global adoption of the Android platform has exceeded our expectations, the web store has not. 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 choose from.
I guarantee that a handful of folks around the world are saying ‘I told you so’ including me. Google plans to use the online portal to showcase multiple Android devices that are available globally. The site, however, will continue to offer the Nexus One until availability in stores has increased.
At least you tried, Google. I can’t hate on that.
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