March 7, 2013

More Details Emerge About Google I/O 2013

Google says it wants to “unlock the magic” at its forthcoming Google I/O developer conference. The hyperbole alludes to another unleashing of a massive amount of news about Android, Chrome, and other Google products and services.

Last year the company unveiled the Nexus 7, its successful tablet that may have helped push Apple to make its iPad mini. This year’s buzz is that we will see Android 5.0, likely dubbed Key Lime Pie. There could be a follow-up to the Nexus 7. There is even an outside shot that Google may unveil another Nexus phone, this time with LTE.

And there is always the swag bag: last year every conference attendee received a Nexus 7, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus Q media streamer (which was short-lived). Perhaps some will hit the jackpot and get a Chromebook Pixel. More likely could be a Samsung Chromebook paired with one or more Nexus devices.

The three-day event is scheduled for May 15-17 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. If you are looking to get admission get $900 ready and chain yourself to a computer on March 15 at 7:00 AM Pacific time.

In order to score a ticket, potential attendees must have a Google+ account and updated payment information with Google Wallet.

There is a less expensive option: $300 for those joining as an academic attendee.  Getting this special rate requires one be an “active full-time student, professor, faculty or staff at a high school or higher education institution.”

Going this route requires providing proof of this status when showing up for the conference. Without it, the ticket holder will not be allowed inside. No refund, either.

For those who want to follow the events but don’t have the cash, much of the keynote addresses will be streamed on Google Developers Live. The site also offers workshops and videos throughout the year.

Image Credit: Google Developers Blog

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