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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Mystery Google display case appears at Best Buy (Update: Nexus 10)


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

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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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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.

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

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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.

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...

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.

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.

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


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

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

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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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.

Or the Nexus 10, 7 and 5

My S-Pen went through hell to deliver this important message to you

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.

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

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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.

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.

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

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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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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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).

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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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.

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.

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

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

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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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.

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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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.

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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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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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.

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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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.

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

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