Display

This finely crafted case would be a great place for a new phone or tablet to sit

This seemingly well-built Google branded display case was spotted by a reader in a Houston, Texas area Best Buy store. We received no other information, and really can't say what it might be for.

What we can say is now another has popped up on Google+, and those pedestals are commonly used for phones. We don't know if this is Nexus device related, but we're pretty sure it's something interesting. 

Anyhoo, here it is for your discussion.

Update: Sometimes, it pays to bring a little attention to something. This is one of those times. Several anonymous sources have come forward to clear things up on these. There are two different styles you may be seeing in your Best Buy store. One (not pictured here) is larger and has a display area for Chromebooks. I've seen those here locally. These smaller ones are designed to hold the 2013 Nexus 7, the Chromecast, and the 2013 model ASUS Nexus 10 — which they say will be in Best Buy stores this month. 

Thanks, Anon!

 
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ne0ne says:

My money is on a smart watch and the new nexus 10. Doubt they will sell the nexus 5. Then again, who knows.

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eahinrichsen says:

Best Buy was a sales partner for the Nexus S, though, so who knows?

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Three spots. Nexus watch. Nexus 5. Nexus 10.

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Ahhh you may have something there. :D

still1 says:

why not Nexus 7

TriBeard92 says:

Nexus 7 is already there.

Lol

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Zombienaut says:

Actually it's for the Nexus 7(2013), ChromeCast, and Chrome book. My BestBuy already has the display set up.

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thegrants82 says:

Ditto in Alabama. This was a very short conspiracy thread......

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Yeah, so does my Best Buy. So my Best Buy now has an Apple section, a Samsung section, and now a Google section.

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travaz says:

My BestBuy in Phoenix Arizona even had a nice young lady in a Google shirt telling people about the products. I even got a free Google Pen!
Those babies are hand made and really quite attractive. The quality of the woodwork is super.

Have to think they won't put a Chromebook on the small pedestal stand... and there's no TV to show off the Chromecast. This looks like something different.

Nick Rhodes says:

Agreed. I guess what most people are seeing is just a "filler" so-to-speak, until the Nexus 5 (or any other new Nexus devices, for that matter.) release. But again, that's just a guess. :-)

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bleached says:

My local Best Buy has the Chromecast on a similar stand in between two Nexus 7s.

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Josh Trolio says:

My local Best Buy also has this display with a Chromecast between two different versions of the Nexus 7. Obviously they can swap out different hardware once the Nexus 5 or other devices launch. Maybe the current setup is just a placeholder.

Jay2pt0 says:

I don't know, the Best Buy in Alpharetta GA has 2 of these displays. One has the Nexus 7, Chromecast and a Moto X and the other stand has all Chromebooks with one empty spot I'm assuming is the HP Chromebook 11. But I believe some are place holders for sure.

Here in San Antonio, TX those have been around for at least 3+ months. Each store contains Chrome Cast, Nexus devices (Phone and Tablets) and Chromebooks...

4ekbrandon says:

99% sure these won't house a phone. There are 2 google stations in bestbuys, one in their "tablet" section and one in their "computers" section. I've seen both completed, stocked with tablets and chromebooks.

alexlam24 says:

*waits for Nexus 5 conspirators*

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anthonok says:

Looks nice

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adam52782 says:

I work at Bestbuy and can clarify the new display. It is going to be used for the Nexus line of devices {Nexus 4 and 5 when released), the chromebooks including the newly released one and the chromecast.

mcgowan398 says:

Wait, so Google is releasing a new Nexus 4 (Nexus 4 LTE) alongside the Nexus 5 ?!?

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Grahaman27 says:

My theory is that there will be 2 new nexus phones:

1 a moto nexus as the nexus 4 (perhaps same internals as moto dvx 4.x" screen)

2 and the nexus 5 that we already know about.

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droidhead_1 says:

Google has not has a phone or tablet that wasn't leaked before released so I doubt it

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TheMimic12 says:

They're certainly not one to hide their products. Then again, we haven't seen much about the new nexus 10, other than it will be built by Asus

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MERCDROID says:

That's a horrible theory, with no rationale to back it up. There's no benefit to Google releasing two Nexus phones concurrently. And, even if there were, it violates the Open Handset Alliance. Also, it's too soon for Google to use Motorola for a Nexus device. Next year, maybe.

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TheMimic12 says:

Wait, how did releasing two nexus phones defy the open handset alliance?

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MERCDROID says:

Per the Open Handset Alliance, Google will pick one OEM to make one Nexus phone, each year. The OEM that's chosen for the Nexus program, that year, gets access to
Google's newest Android code (sort of a reward).

In my opinion, we have Google Play Edition devices, because Google wanted more than one stock Android phone in the Play Store, without trying to release two or more Nexus phones and being in violation of the Alliance.

Tablets and other "smart" devices seem to be fair game, since, Asus made the Nexus 7 (2012/2013) and is rumored to be making the Nexus 10 (2013).

I could be wrong. Please correct me, if I am.

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MERCDROID says:

It's an unsubstantiated rumor. It's completely unlike Google, to re-release older hardware, with a minor upgrade. I'll have to see that to believe it.

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VAVA Mk2 says:

And I work for Google and can clarify you will see a Nexus 5, Nexus 10, and Nexus...6....see what I did there?

droidhead_1 says:

Hmmm

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Hummer645 says:

These are already in Best Buy stores and they have the Nexus 7 and Chromecast on them. There is also one other product, but I can't recall what it was. This store must just be getting the refresh.

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Duncan J says:

Id love it to be a watch but It has to be Nexus 5 , 7 and 10.

there us no way they have left the 7 out.

daveloft says:

Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 makes sense to me.

mcgowan398 says:

Or nexus 7(2013. Nexus 10 (2013). And Nexus 5.

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NoNexus says:

Or the Nexus 10, 7 and 5

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mcgowan398 says:

This.

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Nick Rhodes says:

Or the Nexus 4 (2013).

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mcgowan398 says:

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Nick Rhodes says:

Just trying to make things a bit more complicated than need be. :P

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return_0 says:

Not sure if it's real or not, but a Google+ user said they spoke to a Best Buy manager who confirmed it will be used for the Nexus 5.

Not true.

MERCDROID says:

Proof? After last year's Nexus 4 launch debacle, I wouldn't be surprised, to see Google enlist the aid of Best Buy and Amazon for a more organized launch. A pre-order (one can wish) may even be in the cards.

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ne0ne says:

That would be super cool if best buy sold the nexus 5.

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alexlam24 says:

With a coupon for a 32GB model like staples did

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Axl2011 says:

I don't care what is there as long as it has the Nexus 5! Haha

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dmatherl says:

So, in other words, you do care?

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KeithFoster says:

My best buy in Roanoke VA had it also, but has chromecast setting in it.

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Lunar says:

I work at Best Buy, and we have two such stands in my store. One is exactly like the one pictured, and it displays 2 N7's and a Chromecast. The other display is larger and along with displaying N7's and Chromecasts it also has a couple of Chromebooks.

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Droid Brick says:

Yeah, I've seen these in my Best Buy. It was actually rotated and it was hiding Chromecasts.

Yeah, big no story. Chromecast, Chromebook, Nexus 7.

hmmm says:

People actually think Google could keep a nexus watch secret until release?

Nick Rhodes says:

Two words. Kit. Kat.

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mcgowan398 says:

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droidhead_1 says:

Or 2 sizes of phone.

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Grahaman27 says:

Bingo.

MERCDROID says:

You reply "bingo," as if you know something others don't, lol. I'm sorry, but, you're probably not going to see a 4 inch Nexus phone.

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TheMimic12 says:

Agreed. If there are two nexus phones released this year, one will be the nexus 5 that has been extensively leaked, with the 5" full HD screen, and the nexus 4 rehash with a 4.7" 720p display

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a3uge says:

They did it with the Chromecast and most of the Chromebooks... But the Nexus is leaking like a sieve. Nonetheless, this post is pretty ridiculous.

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bluefalcon13 says:

Yeah, that's the stand in the tablet section... It goes N7 - chromecast - N7... Doubt BestBuy will carry the N5... At least not at Google play prices...

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alexlam24 says:

Maybe with a contract on Verizon *commerce evil laughter*

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TheMimic12 says:

Thank God that it probably won't support Verizon

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bmoresbest55 says:

I saw these in a Maryland Best Buy about two weeks ago. NBD.

DroidDavi says:

N5 and the play editions

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I'm thinking it's for the Nexus 7 2013, Nexus 5, and the Nexus 4 LTE 2013 edition.... Maybe, who knows

return_0 says:

I highly doubt there will be an LTE edition Nexus 4.

lonerdottie says:

Not gonna happen

VAVA Mk2 says:

Bogus article.

droidhead_1 says:

Agreed. They will release the N4 with just software enabled LTE that will also enable 2012 N4? Why the hell would Google sell old stock for cheap a month back then?

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MERCDROID says:

Agreed.

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Completed displays in Colorado.

https://plus.google.com/114930558215776389910/posts/LgMneJv3Xtu

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Rehzonance says:

Interesting

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rmcsc says:

Nexus 2, Nexus 5, Nexus 10

Remember the 25:10 time from Google Developer's Ads Policies? Yeah...

[If you don't, then here: http://developer.android.com/distribute/googleplay/policies/ads.html]

BB_Bmore says:

Umm gonna go with the chromecast and nexus tablets that others have shown in the many pictures since this blog.

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msc1014 says:

Saw the display tonight, it had three chromebooks and a chromecast.

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darkoman4 says:

Looks like Best Buy is getting out of financial trouble. Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and now Google, they sure can make money just by renting their space.

Yep-bought Chromecast Tuesday from my Bestbuy at this display.
So in a row there were Apple-Windows-Google displays same
footprint sizes....
And it was hilarious how outdated Google and Apple made the
poor Windows display look. It was so dated and hospital looking
if that makes sense.
It looked like something someone in the eighties built that they
thought would look futuristic. Shame- I do like my windows and I am
not crapping on their products. Just their pitiful marketing.

Mac58 says:

Good play on words Jerry. 'Can't say What it might be for'. Ok u guys know something.... Now let us know lol. Exciting times.

drewsammie says:

pretty sure AC knows the score...they were pretty quiet today in regards to the rumors that CNET and others reporting that something would be announced 10/15.....good on them just to play cool and keep quiet

MERCDROID says:

Yeah, those other tech sites are blind reporting; they don't have any inside Intel to work with, but there's no "penalty," if they're wrong.

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Next nexus phone
Nexus 7
Nexus 10

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Chromecast already had a display. It was cheap cardboard, but still... Ah well. It would have been cooler with the Nexus devices.

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Oh and next Nexus phone wont be on Verizon and it wont have an SD card. Can we please just stake those two wishes through the heart already?

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MERCDROID says:

This. Verizon ruined the GNex. Never again.

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mkashen says:

Nexus Tock

SEAJeff says:

So y'all think Google would display a dongle (Chromecast) without having the TV to display it on? Very doubtful. Those Chromecasts are just there as placeholders right now...

Nexus 2, 5, 10 will be it (or, less likely, Nexus 5, 7, 10, which doesn't match the developer ads).

DavidJ726 says:

Phones & Tablets above, and rows of chocolate goodness below in the form of Kit Kat bars! :-)

rchapman80 says:

I saw this at my best buy in Columbus Ohio. On the tope were the various chrome books. (Acer Samsung etc). On the other side of the top were the nexus 7 (2013 version). On the shelf were some various accessories and a spot for the chromcast (they were sold out). Nothing exciting as of now. Maybe after nexus 5 release. There was also a guy standing next to it with a Google gold shirt and Kaki's.

I honestly doubt the nexus 5 being there. I'm thinking they are only selling this on their website or through a carrier.

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jimmiekain says:

I've seen these in best buy's all over California. The ones I see are not wooden very similar. They usually just have Chromebooks on them.

jjt981 says:

They can really use these displays for whatever they want. Dont necessarily think it means the Nexus 5 is coming tomorrow but to me it makes sense to sell it at Best Buy. Imagine people walking in to get a phone and realizing they can get one off contract for the same price as some on contract. Huge market that may not know about the play store.

zambalis says:

I can clarify if need be. I'm a corporate contractor for best buy and my team deployed most of these with the help of best buy project teams. They are nexus displays for tablets. The phone displayed will be an end cap to hang about half this with you see above. We just have specs and install dates but project team installs the devices after we leave

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The kiosk is already up in the site I work at. There are actually two. One holds the Chromebook's, the Nexus 7, and the Chromecast. The second has the Nexus 7, Chromecast, pegs for Google Play cards, and a couple holes for something else, probably the Nexus 10 and hopefully the Nexus 5. Hahahaha

Man I want a new nexus 10 :-(

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kristof94 says:

you got my hopes up for nothing. my bestbuy already has set it up for a chromebook, chromecast, and nexus 7. It would be nice if they could demo the chromecast though

ctf357 says:

My money is on a launch of the nexus 5 (look at the colours) Iam Irish that's how you spell colour to American grammar Nazis, I think google is going to sell around 1000 of them and sign users into a contract so that they report their issues about android kitkat and the phone so as they can release the phone officially with minimal problems

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Devlyn16 says:

what I take away from this is it appears a Google Best Buy partnership is forming. Chromecast, Nexus 7 and 10 inch models. Leaves me wondering if perhaps we will see Best Buy carrying nexus devices on LAUNCH day.

MERCDROID says:

That would be great. I would love to be able to pick up a new Nexus phone, without having to wait for shipping.

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CaptainDub says:

About a month ago I saw a job posting for a Google sales rep. The description said it would be in best buy stores selling Google products.

MERCDROID says:

There's nothing peculiar about that, lol. When the cheaper Acer and Samsung Chromebooks first debuted, there was a Google rep/salesman sent to some Best Buy stores to educate potential buyers about Chrome OS.

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zambalis says:

From the blueprints best buy corporate gave our team we were told this year we had to build a Microsoft monstrosity in every major market, stop the Samsung pads since they decided to expand them 1st qtr 2014, LG was looking to buy space as well as Google expanding to a nexus pad we have installed the first two and working details with construction to phase appliances to the new design then best buy mobile LG and Google get their spaces. Our appliance phases end Feb 2014 and start Oct 27 so I'm not thinking we will see the later til after that. Not my opinion but what's on our contracts

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HalizDad says:

Ours has 3 different Chromebooks on it. If I go back today, I'll take a picture of it. They've had it up for over a month, sitting completely empty.

chud says:

This is where the Google Specialists work. The job was posted on Android Police I think. They are also under an NDA. Ask me how I know.

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plunder says:

So . . . . . we are expecting ASUS to produce the next Nexus 10 and LG to produce the next Nexus 7 (in about 10 months time) along with the Nexus 5 phone, VERY soon. Google really are shopping around for hardware these days.

ASUS, LG and Samsung must be wondering when the music will stop next.

flychinook says:

The display cases have a midcentury modern look to them. I like it.

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Hunter Petit says:

I know this is off topic but, have any of yalls Google accounts tried to be hacked by someone. And if so what did you do? This has happened to me and Google didn't let them in. It came from Mexico. I changed my password and everything I just don't know what to do know. Thanks in advanced.

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