Although potential buyers in Western markets have been frustrated with OnePlus’s methods for selling the OnePlus One smartphone, consumers in Beijing will be getting a new option to experience the much sought after device. OnePlus is preparing to open a physical store in Beijing where buyers can get the smartphone and a variety of accessories. OnePlus will also be offering customer support options for those who prefer to interact with a live person when they have a problem or just a question about their device. If you are thinking this sounds similar to an Apple Store, you probably will not find anyone who disagrees.
Well, the Nexus 4 debacle continues. Google’s coveted flagship device has been out of stock on the Play Store for what feels like months, and in certain parts of the world, it actually has been months! Our friends down under haven’t been able to purchase the device since it sold out minutes after launching on that fateful day in mid-November. You would think that as soon as LG pushed out more Nexus 4′s, the Play Store would be the first to get stocked up, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. A new press release by LG says that they’ve partnered with Australian retailer Harvey Norman to begin offering the device unlocked starting February 1st of this year. That may be good or bad news depending on how desperate you are to get your hands on the device because Harvey Norman will be offering the Nexus 4 for $496, which is $100 Aussie dollars more than you’d pay if you purchased it through Google’s avenue. The phone is available for pre-order now on Harvey Norman’s website. It is really getting hard to understand Google’s and LG’s partnership and strategies as of late. I, for one, am hoping this is the last time Google partners with LG to make a Nexus. See the press release after the break if you’re looking for more details.
Who can deny that HTC has produced some of the hottest phones to ever hit the industry? The Taiwanese company is single-handedly responsible for delivering some intense innovation when it comes to sleek and streamlined mobile products. So, is it any wonder that the company is considering opening shop? Due to the company’s success, it looks like HTC is interested in opening at least three flagship stores to push their products. The company is also working with various channels and vendors to open up over a hundred retail shops. This could be huge for the popular handset maker, if they do it right. I wonder if HTC is going to mirror another company who has been successful in opening up their own retail stores, Apple. I have to admit, it would be a sweet deal if, when you’re at the mall, you could just pop in for technical support, view, demo and purchase new devices, and even maybe pick up an accessory or two for your HTC phone (or tablet).
It’s no surprise that starting a retail chain can be challenging, not to mention difficult to make successful, but if anyone can do it, HTC can. Here’s to hoping they take a few pointers from Apple by allowing people to demo live handsets. People want to try it before they buy it! Cough, Cough… Nexus One. What do you think? Would you like to see an HTC store in your area? Let us know what you think in the comments below.