Empty Google display area in Best Buy stores causes Nexus 5-related excitement

October 15, 2013

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    Some empty Google display cases have been spotted in Best Buy retail stores, with a source suggesting the Search giant may be interested in selling the Nexus 5 directly inside Best Buy stores.

    The pictures below, posted by Android Central and Daniel Benavides (via Google+) show Google-branded display cases that are being prepped to show three devices.

    Google display case at Best Buy

    Naturally, we expect them all to be Nexus and/or Chrome devices, with emphasis on the upcoming flagship smartphone. We’ll point out though that such displays are already used in Best Buy stores to showcase Google products (see the gallery at the end of this post).

    Benavides noted on Google+ that a Best Buy manager told him the Nexus 5 will be displayed by Google in Best Buy retail stores:

    Nexclusive!!! Best buy manager confirmed this is a Google Nexus 5 display area!!

    He further went on to say that multiple sources confirmed that the Nexus 5 is coming to Best Buy and that he has seen a picture of a dummy Nexus 5 device – yes, that part is a bit strange. Also strange is the fact that he says he had to sign a waiver not to describe the device.

    Google display case at Best Buy

    Interestingly, Benavides also provided a tentative release date for the Nexus 5, as given to him by Best Buy personnel:

    They said hallows eve. They were being kinda cryptic but they definitely spilled the beans.

    We will also note that various commenters responding to Benavides’ Google+ post, including a Best Buy employee, said that the Google display cases are being used to show the Nexus 7, Chromecast and Chromebooks to potential customers, adding that Google is yet to announce whether it will sell the Nexus 5 in Best Buy stores.

    In fact, a series of images posted a few days ago by G. Hussain Chinoy on Google+ show the cases in action, or stocked with the products mentioned before:

    That said, it’s not impossible to imagine that Google would also be interested in showing Nexus smartphones in such Best Buy cases, but that’s yet to become official. We’ll file this as another Nexus 5-related rumor and we’ll be back with more details about this particular matter in the near future.

    Comments

    • Alijah

      Don’t forget about the “Everybody dance now!” reference that the Kit Kat pages made today. The song is 4:04 (4.4) minutes long and was released on October 18th. Could reference a Friday announcement, but still no press invites..

      • Junaid Ansari

        In the other Nexus 7 (2013) commercial it said Wed, Oct 23. So its either the 18th or the 23rd.

    • Tuấn Ankh

      Man, I’m starting to lose my patience. xD
      I walked into Best Buy a few days ago and saw these wood booths. I was like “Damn. Google is making some move!” but I didn’t think about the Nexus 5. Well, since the new Nexus 7 was displayed there, it’s no surprise that the Nexus 5 will be. :D

    • Mystery Man

      This display was up at my local store had a nexus 7 on it and some chrome books

    • deepen03

      I work part-time at BB in Computers.. We have two google display tables, one has chromecast and chromebooks, and the other has nexus 7 tablets. But looks like there are some empty spots for potential future products like the Nexus 5.

      • Lars

        I was at the West Los Angeles(11301 W Pico Blvd) and one of the managers mentioned something about the Nexus 5 to a group of us. So then we went over to talk to the Google specialist and this dude would not crack?!? He gave us nothing!! I think if enough of us got together and maybe came up with a strategy maybe we can get some info!!

        • deepen03

          those specialists are all full of crap.. I told the Apple guy about the iPad event on the 22nd three weeks ago and he is like he wasn’t told anything lol sureeeee.. and the Samsung reps don’t know anything about release dates, let alone product knowledge. I am gonna ask the Google guy about the Nexus next lol

    • RanRu

      Best Buy: the world’s largest dedicated window shop.
      Does anyone even buy things from there anymore?

      • rabaker07

        Only if you want to play triple the market value. I’m sure Apple sheep still shop there.

    • Balraj

      Gawd…
      I hope nobody dies of excitement

    • Bone

      I find it odd that Google hasn’t announced a breakfast, lunch or dinner with Sundar, they won’t just release the N5 and 4.4 without an event, and the lack of invitations is troubling.

    • Eddy Edd

      excitement sort of turning into pain

    • Lyondellic

      I saw a Google display in Clear Lake, Texas that had a flat screen monitor mounted in a cutaway on the back wall of the display. The display was being used to demo Chromebooks, but they were just place there randomly and I think the display is intended for something else. Cheers

    • Wilkchops

      Ha, those 3 pictures are my store! I thought that looked familiar! Ya, there are currently zero plans for BBY to carry that phone, unfortunately. . . .

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