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Google to close Nexus One online store

Google plans to increase the presence of its Nexus One handset in U.S. retail outlets before closing down its Web store, the Internet company announced on Friday evening.

It also said it plans to make the phone available in more countries worldwide, and to do that it will follow the model it has used to date in Europe. That is, working with operator partners to bring the phone to market.

"While the global adoption of the Android platform has exceeded our expectations, the web store has not," Google said on its blog.

"It's remained a niche channel for early adopters, but 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."

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