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  • wallisweaver wallisweaver May 1, 2013 12:34 AM Flag

    Google releases schedule for 2013 I/O conference

    ["Because the company uses the conference to make big announcements..."]

    Google has published the schedule for its 2013 Google I/O conference, which features more than 120 sessions on the Android and Chrome operating systems, and a just one keynote, but it's a long one.

    The three-day annual conference, which typically assembles more than 5,000 developers, will begin May 15 in San Francisco with a three-hour keynote, according to the agenda released Tuesday evening. There will also be a host of satellite events, allowing developers around the world to view conference sessions and connect with other developers.

    Because the company uses the conference to make big announcements, the confab is always hotly-anticipated. Last year, Google demonstrated the next version of Android version 4.1 Jelly Bean and debuted Google Now, the Nexus 7 tablet, and Google Glass.

    Google has four sessions scheduled for Google Glass, its new high-tech eyewear, although Google cautions that more sessions may be added later.

    But the new products and announcements are only part of the appeal of Google I/O. Every year Google also gives away hundreds of dollars worth of equipment to every attendee, including last year's gift of the Nexus 7 tablet running the new Jelly Bean software.

    By far the biggest event at last year's conference was a live video of a team of skydivers jumping out of a plane and landing on top of San Francisco's Moscone Center. The whole experience was streamed live from the Google Glasses that the skydivers were wearing.

    It's possible that Google has it in mind to top last year's theatrics with the single, three-hour keynote.

    From Steven Musil

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