Google’s annual I/O developer conference opened registration at 7 AM PDT today, and just as it did last year, the event sold out pretty quickly, reports TechCrunch. This year it took only 49 minutes for all the $900 (or $300 for school students and faculty) tickets to get gobbled up, even with the requirement that registrants have both Google+ and Google Wallet accounts. But server issues seem to have frustrated many attempted registrants early on, likely extending how long tickets remained available.
The event, which will be held May 15-17 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, has always been a popular draw for the developer community. Google I/O has been the venue for the announcement of major releases of Android, as well as new or experimental products, such as Google Glass. Last year, attendees got the Nexus 7 tablet, Nexus Q, Galaxy Nexus smartphone, and the Chromebox, a value of more than $1,100.
Given the event will be held May 15-17, it might be enough time for Asus to integrate a Tegra 4 into the 7″ tablet and announce a “universal” LTE phone, perhaps supporting LTE-A in the PCS, AWS and 2.6 GHz bands.
Could Google deliver an unlocked LTE phone for $299? It wouldn’t be rocket science. Icera’s standalone i500 LTE modem and the newly announced Tegra 4i, which integrates the same i500 IP block into the Tegra 4 chip, could be the way Google enters into LTE devices and services. That would enable Google to effectively compete with Apple’s rumored cheap iPhone 5s or a big screen iPhone, compatible with China Mobile and Softbank/Clearwire.
Besides Google Glass, new phones, tablets and Android releases, Google is also involved in White Spaces, municipal fiber, WiFi, streaming audio and video. EPub-3 support for Google Reader and Google Play store would also be nice.