Google is reportedly going big into the world of retail - a world that didn't initially anticipate the unprecedented success Apple has since achieved.
Citing an "extremely reliable source," a new report suggests that Google is planning to build a series of stand-alone retail stores in the United States. Major metropolitan areas will be targeted for the first wave of Google retail stores, which may be open in time for the holidays.
"The mission of the stores is to get new Google Nexus, Chrome, and especially upcoming products into the hands of prospective customers," 9to5Google reports.
Google feels right now that many potential customers need to get hands-on experience with its products before they are willing to purchase.