Google announces its first retail location, Apple Watch rentals to be possible and Sony gets ready to launch a new internet TV service.
Google is all about the internet. In fact, many of us would say it is the king of the internet, but that doesn’t mean there’s no room in the “real world” for the Search Giant. Google has just launched its very first physical retail location.
This Google store is located within a Currys PC World location at London;s Tottenham Court Road. This business model is similar to what we have seen Samsung do with Best Buy. Will the “store within a store” concept work for Google? Only time will tell. Samsung can attest to the fact that it isn’t an easy business.
They will have products, host courses and have some fun activities to take advantage of. If you want to learn more, you can even visit it via their new Google Shop at Currys VR Tour app, which works with Google Cardboard.
Opinion: Even if these stores don’t make money in direct sales, I believe they will make up in other ways. Google is working hard with its own products, as well as those coming from its partners. The issue is that there is a lack of education here. How will you pay $1000 for that new Chromebook Pixel if you have never tested it? I wouldn’t! Or maybe you want to try on Google Glass before taking out your cash.
Liking the idea of getting an Apple Watch, but don’t know if the device is actually worth your cash? After all, this is no cheap wearable. You could go to the store and check one out for a bit, but startup Lumoid is giving users a much more interesting opportunity to test the Apple Watch. You can rent it!
Prices are set at $45 or $55 a week for the Apple Watch Sport or Apple Watch, accordingly. Of this money, $24 (or $30) will be deducted from the final price if you decide to actually buy the unit. Not bad, right? Launch schedules for April 24th, but Lumoid will only have a limited quantity of units. You best go sign up for their list at their website.
Opinion: This is not a bad idea for those who don’t want to pocket out a big chunk of change before deciding on the Apple Watch. I personally think it’s over-priced, but if you really want in on the party….
Sony has been testing PlayStation Vue for a while, but the latest report claims the Japanese manufacturer is ready to make its internet TV service public. It’s said the service will be launched within two weeks in three major cities – New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia. These would be the same markets where Sony has been testing the service.
Prices are still unknown, but this service should come with a plethora of popular TV channels, including FOX, NBC, CBS, FX, Discovery, CBS, Comedy Central and more.
Opinion: 2015 is all but guaranteed tob e the “year of internet TV”. We are freeing ourselves from those pesky cable TV providers with services like PlayStation Vue and Sling TV. Are you ready for the revolution?