Japan still loves vending machines, so Google made one for Google Play downloads

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There’s been a bit of a strange infatuation with vending machines over in Japan over the years, with the big boxes spitting out everything from noodles to beer, and everything in between. Now, Google is looking to capitalize on that trend by offering a vending machine of their own. The company has launched the first ever Google Play vending machine.

No, it doesn’t hold Nexus devices. In fact, it doesn’t hold any physical items for purchase. Instead, customers can use the vending machine to discover new apps, and download them right there using NFC-enabled phones. For now, just 18 free and paid apps and games are populating the machine, though more are expected to be added over time.

For those who don’t have NFC-enabled devices, Google will have a Nexus device on-hand for users to try it out. Perhaps they’re hoping people find it cool enough to encourage a few more sales of Nexus phones and tablets.

I can’t say I’d find myself using one of these should they ever come to the states (cool vending machines often don’t come stateside, but one can dream), but we’re sure there are more than a few of you out there who feel differently. If you do, let us know in the comments section below.

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  • supremekizzle

    I believe Japan has vending machines with used little girl panties. Effed up man. By the way, what is up with the rapey vibe in Japanese pron? I wonder if Japanese men have some sort of inferiority complex due to their small “statures.”

    • jessez93

      stfu.

      • supremekizzle

        Children’s panties and rape are ok with you?

        • BELIEVEinMYTH

          Maybe hes Japanese ? LOL

        • Ben Kapferer

          Excellent use of hyperbole.

        • shonangreg

          It is a fantasy world — same as tentacle rape of all orifices. There aren’t really any girls being raped by octopuses.

          Violence in general is far lower in Japan than in America, so be careful of those stones you throw.

    • No_Nickname90

      You do know that the American culture sees 18 as an adult, but in other cultures 15, or even 12 is an adult?

      There is a reason that women mature faster. It may have something to do with cultures mating with women at such a young age.

      You can’t call the Japanese “rapey” only because their culture allows a younger age then you’re used to.

      You just have to accept it. If they bring their culture over here; yes you can live by your culture, but you have to follow the rules first. If they don’t follow the rules and want to bring out that blah about “America is supposed to be free”, then yea. Send they rapey a** to jail. LoL!!

  • Shawn_Locke

    I don’t get it. How is this more convenient than simply accessing the Play Store from your phone?

    • PolarBear

      That’s marketing in its weird side. I mean Japan?

    • No_Nickname90

      From my understanding, you use NFC scanning to get the app. Does that mean the app is stored on the machine? If that’s the case, what about godly large apps? You’d have to wait there until 2GB of data transfers? LoL!! I don’t think so.

  • BELIEVEinMYTH

    I think it would be better if when you bought an app or got a free app, the machine drops a receipt with one of those QR codes or 2D barcodes on it. Then, even if you dont have your phone or tablet you can purchase it and scan the barcode later on.

  • No_Nickname90

    You don’t need to. Like WTF!? Just search for the apps through the market. =.=

    But it is a different culture. It’s just always so… weird to me. When you see what another culture does. You’re like, “why”? LoL!!

    But oh well. I’m MORE than sure I’m weird to them.

    • NIGHTSCOUT

      You’re even weird to us :P

  • http://www.elijahlynn.net/ Elijah Lynn

    At first thought it seems a bit wasteful. Interesting culture in that regards!