Google Gives All I/O Attendees a Tablet, Phone and Q cloud Streaming Device
The roughly 6,000 I/O attendees will walk away with some shiny new hardware.
It's hard to one-up skydivers flying into a tech conference while being live-streamed through Google's computerized glasses. But Google's Vic Gundotra might have done that when he told developers that they would be leaving Google I/O with the just-announced Nexus 7 tablet and Nexus Q home streaming device, as well as a Galaxy Nexus 3 smartphone.
The products would cost nearly US$850 to buy at retail, slightly less than a full-price ticket ($900) for the three-day event, which is being attended by close to 6,000 developers.
Developers are the lifeblood of a platform like Android, and Google wants to make it as easy as possible for them to start building applications for the new hardware. It may also hope to curry some favor among its developer base, who tend to make less money per user from its platform than developers building for Apple's iOS, according to one study.
Google called the giveaway bonanza an "Android developer pack." When asked for reaction, one developer screamed, "Yeah!!"
Jonathan Bruck, with Pocket, expressed excitement that Google had entered the tablet market with a device whose specs will ostensibly allow it to compete with the iPad. The Apple device dominates the tablet market, which is to reach 119 million units this year, nearly doubling from 2011, according to an estimate from Gartner.
It's not unusual for tech firms to give away hardware at conferences, and Google itself often does it. Last year, I/O attendees received the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, a Wi-Fi hotspot and a Chromebook. At a previous event they were given one of the first prototype Android smartphones.
Asia Pacific is one of AT&T’s largest and fastest growing regions and India is one of its major markets in the region, says Sandy Verma, Senior Director, IoT Solutions, AT&T APAC.
Hoping to make a mark in the increasingly competitive mobile payment sector, Vodafone will soon let users of its Wallet service pay for goods via contactless terminals with a Visa bank card stored on their Android smartphones.
Software robots, which come under the tag of intelligent process automation, has had a dramatic impact on businesses thanks to some of the attributes they possess, according to IT consulting company, Cognizant.
With all the photos, videos, apps and tunes you have, the storage on your smartphone may not be enough. With that in mind, Intel is researching new ways to up the storage capacity in mobile devices and PCs without hurting the size or price of devices.