Google Partners Spice to Launch Retail Chain – ‘Android Nation’ in India

Though Google’s official Android devices i.e. Nexus phones, tablets and other gadgets are delayed for launch in India, Google can’t simply ignore India for Android penetration. Actually Google is all set to roll out Android Nation branded retail store across the country by partnering B.K.Modi’s Spice Global.

India will the second country to have Android Nation stores after Indonesia where Google has partnered local electronics retailer Erafone, and operates two such stores in Jakarta since mid 2012.

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Android Nation in Jakarta, Indonesia

Though there is no time frame when Android Nation store will be opened, it has been informed that first store will go live in Delhi’s Select Citywalk later this year. More stores will be followed soon. Currently Spice has its own electronics retail presence in India market under Spice Hotspot brand and with nearly 900 stores. As it was decided, Spice will transform 50 of its Hotspot stores into Android Nation.

These stores will not only sell Google’s Nexus devices, but also to provide complete Android experience including devices from different brands like Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG and Asus. Visitors can try out Android apps, download/update softwares and get all ammenities under one roof Apple Stores -like experience. These will act more like showrooms where you try and buy.

Spice Group told they will focus on 3G devices, and eventually phase out 2G. The company which has presence in Middle East, South East and African countries, is in talks to roll out AN retail store in such countries.

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kavint
June 22, 2013 12:09 pm 12:09 PM

microsoft doesnot want to launch xbox one.. google doesnot want nexus….
they think india is not so valuable… indians do something..
kick them out and get our value back…
only samsung and sony launches its product here at par….

Pratap Madgulkar
June 24, 2013 12:18 pm 12:18 PM
IT is not like that , we have danger TAX system , where anything from USA which cost around 16K will be need to sale out here at 24K. any buyer who is spending 24K will always thing to buy this from any friends of US / ebay US . so that is of no use having stores out in India . and then we have local tax like LTB in places like pune …. what will these hugh companies do? Even if you want to sell anything without profit , then also you can not sell the sale thing… Read more »
sam
June 22, 2013 10:22 am 10:22 AM

Google should release nexus devices in India at the same time they are launched. It should officially release them rather than allowing LG/ASUS etc to launch them at a price which is much higher than the WEST.

qwf
June 24, 2013 12:40 pm 12:40 PM

How dumb are people? Google has nothing to do with the price. You dont like the high price of electronics in India? Thank the govt you elected. Ditto for imported cars, Scotch and pretty much anything else.

Pratap Madgulkar
June 24, 2013 12:19 pm 12:19 PM

you can ask any of your friend as i have done , just in 16K you will get google Nexus phone or in 10K you can get tablet from US and that to no worries ..

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