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You have to go to the shops if you want the Android phone

Google have admitted defeat and halted the online sales of their Nexus One because customers didn't want to commit to buying a phone without physically testing it out first.

Wanting to be a major game-changer in the way mobile phones and sold and bought, the innovative idea to buy direct from Google to save on additional retail costs sounded good on paper, but the reality of it has hit home with consumers unwilling to part with their hard-earned cash until they had tried the device.

Google's Head of Mobile, Andy Rubin, wrote in a blog post last week that "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".

Rubin still had plans for the current store however. He added: "Once we have increased the availability of Nexus One devices in stores, we'll stop selling handsets via the web store, and will instead use it as an online store window to showcase a variety of Android phones available globally."

Sales of the Google's flagship phone have been quite slow. People have commented that the way it was being sold has been part of the reason why it hasn't done as well as hoped.

The Nexus One is currently available through network provider Vodafone who stock the handset in a number of stores throughout the country.

Do you want to check out an Android to see what all the fuss is about? Sell your old phone for cash and put the money towards a HTC device.

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