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Google to open online tablet store: report

A Google logo in Frankfurt, Germany is seen in this file photo taken on Oct. 21, 2004.

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Google Inc is planning to open an online store to sell tablet PCs directly to consumers, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal on March 29.

The online store would offer tablets made by Samsung Electronics Co and Asustek Computer Inc based on Google’s Android software, according to the report, which cited anonymous sources and which Reuters was not able to confirm.

Google briefly sold a specially-designed Android smartphone — the Nexus One — directly to consumers in 2010, but closed the store after four months saying it had not lived up to expectations.

Google now relies on retail and carrier partners to sell Android smartphones made by a variety of handset makers and Android has become the world’s No.1 smartphone operating system, ahead of iPhone-maker Apple Inc.

Google may co-brand some of the tablets sold through the store and has considered subsidizing the cost of future tablets to make them more competitive with the Kindle Fire, according to The Wall Street Journal report. It is unclear when Google plans to open the store.




Google曾在二○一○年直接向消費者出售特別設計過的Android智慧型手機Nexus One,但四個月後就關門大吉,指該店銷售情況未如預期。


根據該報報導,Google可能對該商店銷售的部分平板電腦採取品牌合作策略,並考慮補貼未來的平板電腦成本,提高與Kindle Fire的競爭力。尚不清楚Google打算何時開這家商店。



1. anonymous adj.

來源或姓氏不明的 (lai2 yuan2 huo4 xing4 shi4 bu4 ming2 de5)

例: Go Ask Alice — a book about the life of a troubled teenage girl — was published in 1971 under the byline “Anonymous.”


2. live up to v. phr.

符合 (fu2 he2)

例: The new house didn’t live up to our expectations.


3. subsidize v.

補貼 (bu3 tie1)

例: Farming is partially subsidized by the government.


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