Maybe Google hasn’t lost its mojo, after all.
This morning, a little after 9 AM, tickets to the tech giant’s annual developer conference Google I/O went on sale. 59 minutes later, Google VP Vic Gundotra tweeted that tickets were now sold out. To put that in perspective, Gundotra also tweeted that the 2009 conference took 90 days to sell out, and the 2010 conference took 50 days.
That’s a pretty stunning jump, and the apparent explanation is that developers are simply way more interested in building on Google platforms (namely Android and Chrome). Remember, when tickets went on sale for Google I/O last year, the original Droid had only been out for a few months, and the rush of powerful Android phones was just picking up. Obviously the landscape is much different these days, and Android tablets are about to lead to even more developer interest.
Developers may also have caught on to Google’s habit of handing out new Android phones at such events (everyone received an Evo 4G last year), which makes the $450 ticket price seem even more reasonable.
This year’s event runs from May 10-11.
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