Just in case you had any doubt that this year’s Google I/O is going to be all about Android all the time, Google just went ahead and cleared that up for you. The company just kicked off the final countdown to the popular event, and they made sure we know Android will be the star of the show by saying:
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. Vic Gundotra
Key phrase here being “preview upcoming updates”. Is it me or does something smell like Ice Cream Sandwich around here?
Google also took the time to brag about how this year’s conference is the biggest one ever. With more than “5,000 participants from 60 countries, including 110 sessions, 261 speakers and 152 Sandbox partners”. If you’re not one of those 5,000 lucky people, you’ll be able to keep up with the event at I/O Live from the comfort of your home.
Interestingly enough, only one person (Sundar Pichai, right) on that picture above has nothing to do with Android. With the other two being, Andy Rubin, SVP of Mobile and Vic Gundotra, SVP of Social, aka the guy that ripped Apple a new one at last year’s I/O.
Looking at that photo you might think these guys are just very happy to see you. But don’t let those sympathetic smiles fool you, behind those friendly faces are three guys who will use every chance they get to throw a punch at competitors over the next couple of days — and we’ll love it every time they do.