The Wall Street Journal has been on fire lately with its ability to predict the future of tech, most recently predicting Sony would unveil its PlayStation 4 last week. It looks as though their recent track record will soon be tarnished as once of their most recent predictions is being called out by the very company it was talking about.
Last week, WSJ “confirmed” Google was planning to launch their own chain of retail stores across the U.S. Today, Google’s Senior Vice President of Mobile and Digital Content Andy Rubin is completely denying the WSJ’s report as the company doesn’t feel there’s a need to create its own retail stores at this time.
Rubin also believes customers no longer need to visit a retailer in order to “feel” products in order to decide if they want it or not. He believes consumers can make their educated decisions by talking to their friends or reading reviews online.
Do you believe what Rubin says is correct? To be honest, I rarely go to a store in order to help with my decision making as I tend to read news stories on products along with their reviews to help with my decision making. The only time a trip to the store is needed is when weight is a concern, such as a new laptop.