WSJ Says Google to Launch Dedicated Online Store for Android Tablets

Taking a page out of Apple’s eCommerce playbook, Google is said to be planning its own online store that will allow shoppers to purchase Android tablets.

With sales of Android-powered tablets struggling in the face of overwhelming competition from Apple’s new iPad, Google is simply trying whatever it can to make waves where its yet to make a splash.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Internet search giant will “sell co-branded tablets directly to consumers through an online store like rivals Apple and Inc.”

Google went this route with Android-powered smartphones in 2010 when it offered a device called the Nexus One made by HTC Corp. But the effort was scrapped after several months amid better sales of other Android-powered smartphones.

The online store should also help Google when the company finally begins producing its own tablets, an inevitability due to Google’s pending $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc.

Will a dedicated Google store make you more likely to browse and potentially purchase Android-powered tablets?

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