You might be used to seeing vending machines dispensing drinks, chocolate and crisps, but have you ever seen one dispensing apps? Neither had we, until now. Google Japan has switched on three vending machines in Tokyo that will let anyone with an Android phone choose from 18 free and paid for games.
The only requirements are that you have a device with NFC that runs Android 4.0 or higher. And if your phone doesn't meet the criteria, the vending machine will dispense a Nexus 4 for you to try out the apps on, although you'll have to give it back to the machine's attendants. It sounds like a clever marketing ploy to get people to convert to Google's Nexus devices.
Apparently, those downloading apps from the vending machine will also get a 'present' for trying out a new game, although Google is keeping what the present is a secret. Although a giant touchscreen vending machine giving out apps might seem a bit strange to us when Google Play essentially does the same thing, it's hardly surprising Japan has created them. The country already has vending machines for everything from beer to bras.
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