Registration for Google’s annual developer conference opens today, and we expect it to sell out within the hour. The 2009 event sold out in 90 days. The 2010 event sold out in 10 days. Last year’s event sold out in 59 minutes.
At approximately 7:00 AM PT, users can attempt to register for Google IO 2012 using their Google+ account. Payments will be accepted through Google Wallet, so make sure your account is already setup to save time.
This year the conference was extended one day and moved to June 27-29th. We expect Google to share the first details about the next version of Android, codenamed Jelly Bean, and learn more about the next version of Google TV.
Google raised the general attendee fee from $450 to $900, so make sure you really want to go if you plan to sign up. Pretty much all of the keynotes and sessions will be available on YouTube, so you won’t be missing out on much of the information that gets released. Google is also hosting free viewing parties around the globe.
The main benefits to actually being there in person are the networking with your peers and the free devices that Google gives away every year. Last year they gave away a Galaxy Tab 10.1, Sony Xperia Play, and a Chromebook. This year we think they will give away the rumored Nexus tablet.
If you plan to attend, please let us know. I’ll be heading back to the Moscone Center for my fourth year in a row and I’d love to meet up with whoever will be in San Francisco.
Bonus video: Check out the screams of 5,000 nerds when Google gave away the Galaxy Tab 10.1 at last year’s show.
Update: It appears tickets are gone in record time – under 30 minutes. Academic tickets are now sold out and General Attendee tickets are unavailable.
Update 2: Google’s terms and conditions state, “Tickets may only be used by original purchaser. Tickets may not be resold. The resale of a ticket will render the ticket null and void without any responsibility to Google.” That hasn’t stopped people from placing them on eBay, where one has already been sold for $2,000.