Google launches Play vending machines in Tokyo

Summary:Where else but Tokyo?

Google has launched three dedicated Google Play vending machines -- naturally in Tokyo, where there is certainly no shortage of machines offered a range of useful and sometimes bizarre wares.

The Japanese branch of the tech giant has developed vending machines which will each sell 18 different gaming titles, as reported by Engadget. Both free and paid-for titles will be on offer, and can be chosen through the machine's large touchscreen.

To use the machines, users must have a smartphone running Android 4.0 and NFC. The phone must be reset and placed on the vending machine's tray, where NFC pairing will do the rest for you. If you decide to try out another Google app, then a "present" drops down from the screen and into the vending tray for you once the original download is complete.

If you like the look of a Nexus 4 tablet, then the three vending machines will let you try one out for free -- but as Google employees man each machine, you'll need to give it back.

The vending machines will be switched on tomorrow in front of the Parco department store in Shibuya for a ten-day publicity run.

Via: Engadget


Image credit: Engadget

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Charlie Osborne, a medical anthropologist who studied at the University of Kent, UK, is a journalist, freelance photographer and former teacher. She has spent years travelling and working across Europe and the Middle East as a teacher, and has been involved in the running of businesses ranging from media and events to B2B sales. Charli... Full Bio

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