Google could be set to launch its own chain of retail stores, where shoppers will be able to pick up mobile phones like the LG Nexus 4.
The technology giant is planning to open a flagship branch in the US by Christmas, 9 to 5 Google reports, and success could mean that the shops come to Australia.
Ever-increasing popularity of the manufacturer's Nexus tablets and impressive sales of its latest smartphone could be motivating this decision.
Google could also be attempting to mimic Apple, which has managed to create a unique shopping experience for its customers.
Visitors are able to handle and test real gadgets, receive advice from the 'Genius' staff members, and check out the latest releases with friends in a welcoming environment.
There is often a buzz in the stores, and hoards of fans queue outside the establishments for hours on end when there is a new iPhone release.
Posted by Peter Robinson