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Best Buy May Sell Google Glass in 2014

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For better coverage, Google may establish pop-up shops in Best Buy stores.

A post by Robert Scoble over on Google Plus suggests that Best Buy will be one of the retailers carrying Google Glass next year. An unnamed source said that Google plans to rent 6,000 square feet inside every Best Buy store. What that means for Google's supposed Glass-specific shops is unknown that this point. Last we heard, Glass needs to be tailored fit for each individual, hence the need for one-on-one Glass-focused shops.

Yet given the amount of hype that's generated around Google Glass, setting up pop-up shops in Best Buy may be needed in order to handle the demand. Even more, where will Google establish its own Glass-specific shops and where will they be located? With Best Buy scattered throughout the nation, Google has a better, pre-established launch platform.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin said during Google I/O 2012 that the upcoming Google Glass headset should be available to consumers by 2014. Then back in April 2013, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said the consumer model wouldn't arrive for another year, pointing to a Q2/Q3 2014 launch. That said, the whole 2013 launch window has been tossed out with the trash for some time now despite recent "insider" talk that Glass has been "delayed" to 2014.

"The developers are beginning now," Schmidt said back in April when asked when Glass will hit the market. "It will be fair to say that there will be thousands of these in use by developers over the next few months. And then based on their feedback, we'll make some product changes, and it's probably a year-ish away."

Meanwhile, Google has reportedly scooped up Glass-related technologies from Foxconn including HMDs that generate "a virtual image and is superimposed on a real-world view". Glass will actually be manufactured by Foxconn's facility in California, allowing Google to say that the specs are officially Made in America.

Google also recently acquired a 6.3 percent stake in display maker Himax Technologies Inc. which makes LCOS chips for Glass. Google has the option to purchase more shares at the same price for another year, and could own up to 14.8 percent of HDI if Google exercises its option in full.

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    eklipz330 , August 24, 2013 1:15 PM
    i wonder how difficult it would be for google to establish their very own wireless network... they have the funds, and surely they can change things for the better if they do it (such as what they're doing with google fiber)

    maybe wi-fi all over? who knows? that would be excellent. you pay for your own log-in, and you can have a perfect connection wherever you go
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    eklipz330 , August 24, 2013 1:15 PM
    i wonder how difficult it would be for google to establish their very own wireless network... they have the funds, and surely they can change things for the better if they do it (such as what they're doing with google fiber)

    maybe wi-fi all over? who knows? that would be excellent. you pay for your own log-in, and you can have a perfect connection wherever you go
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    BranFlake5 , August 24, 2013 2:43 PM
    I would love to see Google add a retail stance for all their products. Everything you can buy on the Play Store. they would retail. Also Google becoming both a phone network and ISP would be awesome. They have the resources and maybe the could incorporate Google Voice into their Phone Network, like with Fiber. If they want to give me the real "Nexus" experience, I would have them connected to everything I own, and being the one to connect all those things. Google wallet is also pretty innovative, they would for sure have NFC scanners at checkout.

    And for all the naysayers, If you think we shouldn't trust Google, too bad, if they wanted our information, they would have already had it. And what are you trying to hide?
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    deftonian , August 24, 2013 3:09 PM
    Best Buy is still going to be in business by then?? I thought everyone had already figured out they are over priced and the staff are not knowledgeable about products.
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    Nocturnal151 , August 24, 2013 6:49 PM
    "plans to rent 6,000 square feet inside every Best Buy"

    Clearly they meant 600 square feet, Don't think the nearest Best Buy to me "Topeka KS" is 6000 sqft
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    GoldenI , August 24, 2013 7:32 PM
    I think it would be interesting to own a pair of these. (:
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    soldier44 , August 25, 2013 3:38 AM
    I will be surprised if Best Buy is even still around next year.
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    10tacle , August 25, 2013 12:32 PM
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    I will be surprised if Best Buy is even still around next year.


    BB isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Circuit City died because there wasn't room for both retailers and their marketing and management failed at every opportunity big time. Occasionally I find a better deal at BB than I would online through Amazon or NewEgg which is of course tax free and usually free shipping...even on big ticket items like HDTVs and PC monitors. Every time I go into BB (especially on Sundays when the new sales go on), there are plenty of customers in there and at the checkout lines. And I'm in a major US city where we have 10+ of them in the greater metro area.

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    Someone Somewhere , August 25, 2013 10:11 PM
    That's a square 23m each side. That's big.

    Doubt it will be glass-only though.
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    g00fysmiley , August 26, 2013 4:41 AM
    i think they need stand alone google stores promoting chrome, android and offering support, liek an apple store but you know... actual good products
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    gm0n3y , August 26, 2013 9:42 AM
    @octacon72
    "just a toy nothing more."

    It may start out as merely a toy, but I think that its successors will change the world. Augmented reality is going to be huge.