Google Galaxy Nexus

Remember when Google offered the Nexus One to consumers through an online store? The shop was eventually shut down, but a new rumor has suggested that Google may be ready to give the online sales thing another shot, this time with tablets. According to sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Google is planning to both market and sell tablets straight to consumers using an online store in an attempt to boost adoption of Android slates. It's not known when the store may open. 

As for the tablets that'll be sold in this store, the tipsters claim that Google won't be making the devices itself. The company will reportedly offer tablets from the likes of Samsung and ASUS, with a source claiming that one of the tablets due to be sold in the store will be released by ASUS later this year. However, some of the devices are expected to be "co-branded with Google's name." To help increase interest in its store, one source claims that Google has considered subsidizing the cost of the products, a move that it hopes will help its slates to better compete with the $199 Kindle Fire. The WSJ's "people familiar with the matter" also believe that Google will debut Jelly Bean in the middle of this year.

Google's original online store that sold the Nexus One direct to consumers wasn't exactly a rousing success, so it's interesting to hear that it may give the idea another shot. Of course, the Nexus One online store was introduced a couple of years ago, and things have changed (and Android has grown) since then. There's also the fact that Google was originally selling smartphones before and had to deal with the carriers when it did. If Google sells Wi-Fi-only tablets in its store, it may have better luck this time around. What do you all make of these rumored Google tablet store details? Think the company will have better luck with this new online store than it did with the previous one?

Via Wall Street Journal

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Jose Sut Yes I want one.
Stanley Solsky Yes, why wouldn't anyone? I have a Motorola Xoom [running ICS] and love it. With the Google-Motorola merger, I feel that this is the opportunity that Google can be the worm in the Apple.
Curtis Owens heck yes!
Jim Garza Yes straight up Android! None of this stupid touch wizard crap.
Corey A. Mayo I bought the nexus1 and loved IT, so JA!
Ray Munoz Obviously
Fred Haynes Yes in a heartbeat
Kryptik Slawter Straight Google vanilla? Hell yeah
Gregory Hess weel it would be nice to have a tablet. i had an android phone and it was kind of terrible so all it would be is the same thing on a bigger screen.
Jose Be Julme Of course!
Robert Centennial I forgot I do own a macbook.
Lim WK When will it be launching?of course
Robert Centennial @ George Why do I sound like a fool fanboy when I don't own a single apple device? Android is a fragmented, clunky, and fast depreciating piece of garbage.
Jesse Huertas I wish all manufacturers sold their phones direct. I hate relying in the carriers. I want a 10 inch tab from google, but this will do
Carlos Chee Sure would!
David Kimberlin tossing money at the monitor....
Mitch Lopez No I would not. Google was terrible when they sold the Nexus One direct. I'm sure nothing has changed.
Luis Chavez I like my new iPad :)
George Millhouse carmen you sound like a iFool fanboy
George Majao Don't trust google!!
Robert Centennial Nope android is horrible on a tablet
Mike Markle Sure, what store can I go into and purchase it at?
Kevin Carpenter They didn't learn from the original nexus one? Google as a retailer was a fail.
Tom Bakken absolutely !
Adontai Mason I will be one of the first!
Zeke Russell Barber Not unless they were selling an iPad and it was a good deal. Android still hasn't caught up on the tablet game. Not saying they won't, just saying they haven't and if Apple steps up their game next year, they might not.
Jason King Why ??? You can't try it out and we all know how the first nexus deal went down. Come on. Google is just grasping for straws.
Nathan Nakamura If Google vastly improves their customer support game plan, possibly.
Tyler Kroll Didn't they try that with the nexus one?
Joernie Berrios Hell Yea...but with ICS 4.0.4
Sean MacNabb might as well flush money down a toilet. Android tablets will never catch up to iPad. And as an owner of a Prime, a GTab 10.1, AND iPads, i think i'm qualified to make that statement
Abram Wenevermet Dennis Only if they sold ipads..
Reid Bailey Heck, yeah!
Juan Carlos Bagnell Possibly. I'm getting to a point where software support is more important to me than hardware. I would certainly buy direct from Goog if that was the situation.
Donald Cerda Yes... Yes I would... But it probably won't be better than the Transformer Prime (newer one) so Asus wins
Jonah Kim Need specs first
Steve Hirjak Most definitely. This is the one I've been waiting for all along!
Humberto Cortes If the price is right and if it has a Google logo lol
Jeanne Donnelly I'd buy it depending on the specs and at least I know it wouldn't be overloaded with crap from carriers. It gives Google more control over the product. LOVE IT!
Scott Grotyohann Depends upon... well no. I'm afraid that if they do direct sales it will turn them into something like Apple, or Yahoo.
Jake Gross Sure, why not? If the price was right and the specs were good, I'd buy one and ditch my kindle. I already have an ipad, so it would be my personal tablet that went with me everywhere.
Nain El Fuego Romero Anythings as long as its not an iPad
Tonio Johnson Depending on the specs and price, I possibly would.
Ceohane Chatbad Davidson show me where to sign up...
Devin Fischer Sorry i have an iPad

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