Google Nexus One Webstore Is A Beta

Many of Google’s products are labelled “beta” even if it has been running for awhile. For example GMail started life on April 1, 2004 but the “beta” label on the GMail site is taken out only on July, 7 2009. Apparently Nexus One webstore is also a beta as [Google plans to stop selling its smartphones online](http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/nexus-one-changes-in-availability.html), instead will work with partners to sell the device through retail outlets.

Google opened its webstore in January, together with the launch of its own branded HTC-build Android smartphone Nexus One. By selling its smartphones directly to consumers, the online model was a threat to the established wireless carriers which have traditionally controlled handset sales through retail stores.

“It’s clear that many customers like a hands-on experience before buying a phone, and they also want a wide range of service plans to chose from.”

Google plans to make Nexus One available in more countries through partners. The webstore will stop selling Google phones once Nexus One becomes available at retail stores. Instead Google will use the online store to showcase Android phone available globally.