With mobile apps and games becoming integral part of our lives, it only makes sense that vending machines would incorporate the popular OS. Vending machines that offer drinks and snacks are a thing of the past. Say hello to the Android gaming vending machine.
Each of the machines will offer 18 different popular Android gaming titles, some of which are free and others premium and all that a consumer needs to install the new app on their device is to ensure that it is running at least Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and that it is NFC-enabled.
The machine features a tray just below the screen where the phone can be placed and paired via NFC. The touchscreen allows users to navigate through categories and titles and see screenshots, ratings and reviews. The machine even rewards users with goodies for trying out other apps.
Google is also demoing the capability to users who don’t have an Android phone through a Nexus 4 smartphone placed with the machines. It appears that the machines will be guarded by Google employees.