Back in March, Google split device sales off from Google Play, and brought them instead to the newly launched Google Store. The website offers visitors a convenient place to buy Nexus hardware, Chromecast-series devices, Chromebook laptops, Android Wear smartwatches, and all manner of accessories. At least, most of what it does is selling things, but a new product listing suggests that the Google Store may also start filling a promotional role for certain devices, even when Google’s not selling them at all.
We recently saw US carriers start sales of the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE. Considering how seriously messed up pricing seems to be for some of them, it’s no surprise that some shoppers might instead turn to the Google Store in the hopes of finding a neutral playing field – one where they could hope to get a straight deal on the smartwatch.
Unlike all the other Android Wear devices listed in the Google Store, though, Google’s not selling the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE. There’s a full product listing, but when it comes to purchasing the wearable, Google tells users to check out Verizon or AT&T directly, either online or in their retail stores. There doesn’t even appear to be a link to the watch on either carrier’s website – just a mention that it’s out there, leaving users to track it down on their own.
Granted, the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE is an unusual device right now, bringing cellular connectivity to Android Wear, so maybe Google’s a little unsure how to sell the product. It’s also entirely possible we’ll see Google-direct sales start at some later date. For now, though, it’s just a little bit odd.
Update: Well this might explain something.