Google I/O: This year's event will be all about Android and Chrome

In just a few hours, Google I/O will begin and Google have updated their blog with some details of what to expect.

Google I/O is a yearly event that Google hosts in San Francisco over 2 days. The main focus is developers, so there's plenty of workshops and talks on how to get the most out of Google's APIs and Services, but it's also a time when Google likes to announce what's coming down the Line. In 2010, for example, we got a preview of Android 2.2, also known as Froyo, as well as some hints as to what to expect from Android down the line.

This year is likely to be no different and, according to Google themselves, the main focus will be Android and Chrome.

This year’s keynote presentations will highlight the biggest opportunities for developers and feature two of our most popular and important developer platforms: Android and Chrome. Google engineers from Andy Rubin and Sundar Pichai’s teams will unveil new features, preview upcoming updates, and provide new insights into the growing momentum behind these platforms.

Normally if you wanted to follow Google I/O, your best options were finding a live blog from a journalist at the scene or waiting a few hours for the videos to be uploaded later, but this year will be different as Google plans to stream the whole event live for the very first time - including the after hours party.

Google I/O is also famous for one more thing - swag. Last year, Google gave every attendee a brand new HTC EVO 4G, just for showing up! It is no surprise, then, that this year's tickets sold out in less than an hour.

To help drum up a bit more excitement, Google have a countdown clock on the I/O website. Google I/O is set to kick off at 9am PST. Can't wait that long, or missed out on tickets yourself? Try downloading the official Google I/O android app and see what you'll be missing out on.

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lomas said,
Glad to see Google started to dominate the Internet... I like google....

Such talk is considered heresy on Neowin. I'd sleep lightly from now on!

SuperHans said,

Such talk is considered heresy on Neowin. I'd sleep lightly from now on!

Funny, Have you seen NeoWin's front page lately? It's mostly Google. If they didn't, the page would be pretty empty.

Well. I was, at first, very enthusiastic about Android. Now that I've actually used it (Gingerbread) for over a week, I start to see what a poor smartphone OS it is. While it might be impressive in some features, in others it's just really weak. I felt like I was missing basic functions that I've been able to use on every 'dumbphone' or featurephone I've had before. I'm glad I returned my Android device and bought a cheap Sony Ericsson phone that costed just 1/4th of the Android, but can do almost as much (and the things it does are done perfectly).

Ambroos said,
Well. I was, at first, very enthusiastic about Android. Now that I've actually used it (Gingerbread) for over a week, I start to see what a poor smartphone OS it is. While it might be impressive in some features, in others it's just really weak. I felt like I was missing basic functions that I've been able to use on every 'dumbphone' or featurephone I've had before. I'm glad I returned my Android device and bought a cheap Sony Ericsson phone that costed just 1/4th of the Android, but can do almost as much (and the things it does are done perfectly).

Bruce, you really need to elaborate (on your mental health that is). You bought a cheap Sony Ericson. You expect anyone to believe that it does Exchange Mail, YouTube, Flash sites, take 5 - 8 MP pictures, video chat, social media via apps (eff that how about just an app market), right? Or does it text and go ring, ring? Me thinks you never had a need for a smartphone.

Please move along.

New development tools for Android would be nice, considering how poor are current development environments

I hope they'll come with something real innovative, instead of 'another browser', 'another operating system', 'another tv system', ...

Northgrove said,
Apple: 2011. The year of the iPad.

Seems like this year of X thing is trendy right now.

You might say that....2011, the year of people spending money on consumer electronics...again

oceanmotion said,
Ground breaking, change the way we watch and get our content, Google TV!

Flop.

Don't forget Google Wave!

Last year was about Android and Chrome, but it was also about Enterprise, Geo, Google APIs, Google Web Toolkit, Social Web, and Google Wave. This year, it looks as though Android and Chrome are taking centre stage.

neufuse said,
wasn't that what last years was about too? or am I just remembering wrong?

What's your point? It just some idiot who wrote that title from NeoWin. Nowhere does it say that on Google's Blog.

UndergroundWire said,

What's your point? It just some idiot who wrote that title from NeoWin. Nowhere does it say that on Google's Blog.

Except it does...

This year's keynote presentations will highlight the biggest opportunities for developers and feature two of our most popular and important developer platforms: Android and Chrome.

Kushan said,

Except it does...

Nowhere does it say "It's the year of Android and Chrome". Obviously they would highlight on Android and Chrome. Did you think they would highlight Gmail or Google Search? Android is doing really well. It's the number one selling Smartphone OS. Chrome needs to get the same market share as Firefox to catchup.

UndergroundWire said,

I think what the author mean to say is "This year's Google I/O is all about Android and Chrome". Which would make more sense. Title is a vaguely written. It's like Google will talk about how they will focus this year on Android and Chrome.

The way AndroiAndMe wrote the title is much better: http://androidandme.com/2011/0...-will-be-all-about-android/

I do apologise that it wasn't clear enough, I figured putting the "Google I/O:" at the beginning would make it clear that it was referring to just Google I/O itself, but for the sake of clarity I have updated the title.

Kushan said,

I do apologise that it wasn't clear enough, I figured putting the "Google I/O:" at the beginning would make it clear that it was referring to just Google I/O itself, but for the sake of clarity I have updated the title.


Google I/O is not an entity. However Google is. Just saying. Move along now.