Two weeks ago, an "extremely reliable source" was quoted saying that Google is planning to build a series of stand-alone retail stores in the United States, beginning with major metropolitan areas later this year.
"The mission of the stores is to get new Google Nexus, Chrome, and especially upcoming products into the hands of prospective customers," 9to5Google reported.
Unfortunately, an even more reliable source than the unnamed individual cited above has come forward to address Google's retail ambitions. The source in question is Android boss Andy Rubin.
In a roundtable discussion with reporters attended by AllThingsD’s Ina Fried, Rubin said Google does not have plans for a retail store and that the company likely won’t need them to sell its Nexus line of smartphones and tablets.
Although Rubin could just be trying to keep reporters off of Google's trail into retail, smart money would seem to bet on Rubin's honesty. So for the time being, it doesn't look like Google has designs on retail.
Source: Business Insider