The stores will be open through the rest of the year.
Google store in New York City.
Google has opened pop-up stores, open through the end of the year, in New York City and Los Angeles.
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Google opened two brick-and-mortar stores on Thursday, one in New York City and one in Los Angeles, giving shoppers an opportunity to see the company's new product line in person before opening their wallets.

The two stores will be open through the end of the year for the annual holiday shopping season.

In addition to Google's new Pixel 2 smartphones, the new product line includes the Google Home Mini, a home device to rival the Amazon Echo; Google Home Max, a smart home speaker that can be used to set up a powerful surround sound system; Clips, small cameras that automatically record 7-second clips; Daydream View, the VR headset; Buds, in-ear Bluetooth headphones; and Pixelbook, a laptop/tablet hybrid that has Google Assistant built in.

With so many highly anticipated smartphones coming out this season — the iPhone X hits November 3 — the stores are a good option for shoppers in either city to take the Pixel 2 for a test run. Google's smart home products are also worth a look: They're all connected to the knowledge graph that powers Google search.

The Manhattan Google store location is in the Flatiron District, at 110 Fifth Ave., between 16th and 17th Streets.

On the West Coast, Google's store is at 8552 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, California.