Tickets for the annual Google I/O developer event went on sale and were all snatched up
in less than an hour. That is a fast sellout, but slower than last year when the show sold out in 20 minutes. The demand for the event comes despite the rather high price. Tickets cost $900 for the general public with students and teachers paying $300 for entrance to the show, which will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco May 15th through the 17th.
Google I/O is known for the "freebies" that are handed out to the audience each year along with the introductions made by Google at the show. Last year, Android 4.1 was unveiled at Google I/O along with Google Now, a new You Tube app, Google+ Events, Google 3D Earth, and Chrome and Google Drive for iOS. Also introduced was the Google Nexus 7 tablet and the Nexus Q. The latter, a round social media player, is no longer sold after feedback from users
revealed it to be terribly lacking in features.
The 6,000 attendees to the event last year took home a Samsung GALAXY Nexus handset, a Google Nexus 7 tablet and the Nexus Q
. They also were given the opportunity to purchase Google Glass for $1,500 after viewing a live video display of four skyjumpers wearing the device, who jumped out of a blimp and landed on the roof of the convention center.
This year, the buzz around Google I/O centers on a new handset that is believed to be the first true collaboration between Google and Motorola. Dubbed the Motorola X
, the device is expected to be powered by Android 5.0
, also known as Key Lime Pie.