Opening Day at Google I/O 2011

Summary:Google's famous developer conference - Google I/O 2011 - ushered 5,000 attendees into San Francisco's Moscone Center. Violet Blue was there, observing that Google is making sacrifices Apple wouldn't dream of.

Google's famous developer conference - Google I/O 2011 - ushered 5,000 attendees into San Francisco's Moscone Center on Tuesday, May 10 at 9am. During an energetic and smoothly executed keynote, the standing-room-only auditorium found out what Google's got for devs and their clients through at least the end of 2011.

Google announced Music Beta (currently invite only), Honeycomb update, and an agressive "Android everywhere" strategy that makes everything you have in Android portable to every device - that goes for their new movie rental partnerships for Google TV as well.

They're also pushing toward open hardware and cozying up their ties to Arduino. Read more in Google Picks Arduino For Android Open Accessory "Kit."

Google I/O did not disappoint when it came to their customary tokens of appreciation for developer attendees.

Google IO 2011 attendees received an unreleased Galaxy Tablet 10.1 Limited Edition HD 32G, and a Mobile Hotspot and SIM plus 3 months free service - and it's rumored, a phone.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 LE is thinner than an iPad 2, weighs 1.31 lbs., and boasts 10 hours of video playback. It also has a 3 MP camera on the back and a 2MP camera on the front, and a 1GHz dual-core processor. It will be available to consumers on June 8.

It was tough not to walk away with the realization that Google is determined to own, and feels downright bloodthirsty - enough to make sacrifices that Apple would never dream of. That's exciting.

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And for a great summary of the keynote play by play as it happened, check out Danny Sullivan's Live Blogging the Google I/O 2011 Day I Keynote.

Top photo: VIP's were given plush Android toys. I named him Ike, and took him out for Happy Hour.

Topics: Google, Developer


Ms. Violet Blue (, @violetblue) is a freelance investigative reporter on hacking and cybercrime at Zero Day/ZDNet, CNET and CBS News, as well as a noted sex columnist. She has made regular appearances on CNN and The Oprah Winfrey Show and is regularly interviewed, quoted, and featured in a variety of publications that inclu... Full Bio

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