Google is reportedly thinking about opening physical retail stores in India to boost sales of its Pixel smartphones. India is a crucial smartphone market, so this makes a lot of sense.
You may already know that India is one of the fastest-growing smartphone markets in the world. Estimates suggest that Google’s flagship handsets are lagging behind the competition in India, so opening physical stores in the country could help boost sales of its Pixel smartphones.
A local news report claims that Google has hired a former senior Apple executive to lead its retail charge in India. One source is saying that Google’s physical stores may open their doors as soon as the second half of next year. It seems that Google has been encouraged by the response that it saw at the dozen or so pop-up stores that it launched in malls across India recently, where it showcased the Pixel 2 handsets and educated customers about the features they offer.
Google will likely sell some of its other products at these stores as well, like Google Home smart speakers, Chromecast devices, Pixel notebooks, and Daydream virtual reality headsets. At least two well known malls in the country have said that they have received requests for space where Google’s stores will be set up. The company hasn’t confirmed anything at this time.