Androidland, the world’s first Android store, opens in Melbourne, Australia

If you’re in Australia, you might want to check out Androidland, the world’s first Android store in Melbourne. The store is the brain child of Australian mobile operator Tesla (who also worked with Google and other OEMs such as Samsung, HTC, Sony Ericsson, and Motorola).

The 154 square meter store will showcase the plethora of Android smartphones and tablets that are currently available in the market. The store will also feature interactive technology, games, and on-site experts to explain Android features and answer customer questions about Android.

Visitors of Androidland will be able to:

  • Board the Android spaceship – An interactive spaceship zone allows visitors to pilot the Google Earth app on the giant screen and fly across the world; play Angry Birds on a big interactive screen; and create an Android avatar that can be printed or shared.
  • Have fun in the play zone – Visitors can sit under a pixel tree and play with live devices; try their luck on an Android skill tester and clown machine and flick through a virtual library of Google Books.
  • Get expert advice – Android experts, specially trained by Google, will be on hand to help customers set up their Google accounts, recommend popular Android Market™ apps, answer questions and to help customise device homescreens.
  • Get hands on with the latest Android devices – Visitors will be able to try out a wide range of working Android smartphone and tablets.
  • Window shop like never before – Customers will be able to interact with a massive 24 x 9 metre window display that features an augmented reality game challenging visitors to catch Android robots drifting in a virtual snowfall.

Androidland is located in the heart of Melbourne at 246 Bourke street on the corner of Swanston & Bourke. It is open from Monday to Thursday from 8am to 6pm and on Friday from 8am to 9pm. On the weekends, the store will be open from 9am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 6pm on Sunday.

Androidland looks like a cool, fun idea. I hope that more carriers pick up on this idea and start opening stores all over the place. I wouldn’t mind visiting an Androidland store in the heart of Time Square one day…just saying.



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Source: Telstra, via AusDroid