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Google I/O Preview

With Google’s annual Google I/O set to kick off tomorrow, there’s been a lot of speculation in the tech press and blogosphere about what the company will announce. But why speculate when you can get some info directly from the company itself? Here’s what Google senior vice president Vic Gundrota has to say on the eve of Google I/O 2011:

In less than 24 hours, we’ll be kicking off Google I/O 2011, our annual developer conference here in San Francisco. With more than 5,000 participants from 60 countries, including 110 sessions, 261 speakers and 152 Sandbox partners, this year’s I/O will be the biggest one yet.

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.

Plus, for the first time in Google I/O history, you’ll be able to join us throughout the two days at I/O Live. We’ll live stream the two keynote presentations, two full days of Android and Chrome technical sessions, and the After Hours party. Recorded videos from all sessions across eight product tracks will be available within 24 hours after the conference. Whether you’ll be joining us in San Francisco or from the farthest corner of the world, and check back on May 10 at 9:00 a.m. PDT for a fun treat as we count down to 00:00:00:00.

From left to right: Andy Rubin, Vic Gundotra, Sundar Pichai

If you’re attending the conference this year, we can’t wait to meet with you and share our vision for the future of web and mobile development. If you aren’t able to make it this year, you can continue to follow us on the Google Code Blog and on Twitter (#io2011) over the next two days as we share photos, videos, news and recaps of the event. It’s going to be an exciting 48 hours!

I wish I was going to this show. Google I/O is like Apple’s WWDC or Microsoft’s TechEd and PDC events in that it’s a big deal that touches on important initiatives for the year ahead. Maybe next year.
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