Google opens first Google Shop in London

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Google has opened its first Google Shop in London. Based at Currys PC World on London Tottenham Court Road, the shop will sell Google’s latest range of Android phones, tablets, Chromebook laptops and Chromecast TV services.

The shop will hold tutorials showing consumers how to use the devices and hold demonstrations showing off key Google apps.

It is the first time that Google has opened a shop under its own name and highlights how online companies are increasingly exploring ways to open physical stores. Amazon is thought to be considering opening a shop in a standalone location in New York.

Google previously opened a “Chromezone” in the Tottenham Court Road shop in 2011, which was then rolled out across the UK by Dixons, the owner of Currys PC World. Google has also opened “Androidland” in shops in Australia.

However, this is the first time it has opened a shop under its own brand. It will operate as a “shop in shop” within the Currys PC Word. Google plans to open two further areas within Currys PC Worlds in Fulham, west London, and Thurrock, Essex.

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James Elias, the UK marketing director for Google, said:

“We’re incredibly excited to launch this space – the first of its kind anywhere in the world – in London with Currys PC World.

“The pace of innovation of the devices we all use is incredible, yet the way we buy them has remained the same for years. With the Google shop, we want to offer people a place where they can play, experiment and learn about all of what Google has to offer; from an incredible range of devices to a totally-connected, seamless online life.

“We think it’s a genuinely unique try-before-you-buy experience.”

The shop will host regular classes and events. These will include tutorials about online security as well as how to use Google devices. It will also hold “Virtual Space Camps” to teach children the basics of coding, and “Open House” events where teachers can test potential educational tools.

The shop includes a large screen called “Portal” that will allow users to “fly” around the world using Google Earth, there will also be a “Doodle Wall” where wannabe budding artists will paint their own Google logo, and a “Chromecast Pod” where customers can watch Google Play movies and YouTube.
Ainsley Sykes, the senior project manager for Currys PC World, said:

“We are delighted to partner with Google in bringing a world first retail experience to one of our stores. This will be a new and innovative way for customers to engage in store, interacting with the immersive technology as well as having fun while learning.

“Google experts will be on hand to maximise the experience for users and provide help and support around the Google eco-system. This fantastic space compliments the interactive and informative environment we aim to create for customers visiting all of our stores.”

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