updated 11:15 am EDT, Tue March 27, 2012
Google IO 2012 ready for developers
Google as anticipated started taking registrations for Google I/O 2012. The tickets to the developer event, which cost $900 for regular developers and $300 for education, sold out in less than one hour. In an unusual step meant to drive adoption, anyone who signed up had to do so both as a Google+ member and by using Google Wallet, neither of which was a deterrent.
The company hasn't outlined what the full program track will be, although Google has in recent years used the San Francisco event to give early glimpses into new versions of Android, Chrome (and Chrome OS), and Google TV. Most expectations are for the highlight to be at least a partial view of Jelly Bean, the next major Android release after 4.0. Even with Android 4.0's changes, it's still expected to be a major update and the first to truly move the interface past what was introduced in 3.0.
Google has lately taken to introducing a reference device at each event. Rumors this year have pointed to a "Nexus" tablet that would be expressly designed to counter the Amazon Kindle Fire. The seven-inch design could cost under $200 and may still have relatively high performance, although whether that's dual-core or the occasionally rumored quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 is unknown. It may the ASUS Eee Pad MeMo 370T shown at the start of the year, which was promptly hidden from the public eye and was absent at Mobile World Congress in February.