Google I/O 2012: 10 Things Developers Can Expect at the Show

NEWS ANALYSIS: When tickets for Google I/O went on sale March 27, they sold out within minutes. This shows that developers are extremely excited to find out what the future holds for Google's many platforms, including Android and Chrome.

When the Google I/O conference first started, the company had an exceedingly difficult time getting developers to join the event. It appeared that they wanted to see how it would go before they would commit. But in 2011, the event€™s tickets sold out in no time. And this year, they hit a new sell-out record, exhausting the supply of tickets in just 20 minutes. The excitement surrounding the I/O conference has hit a tipping point.

Google will hold this year€™s event June 27-29. The company hasn€™t said what it will discuss, but the event is usually a good way to learn about the future of Google€™s many services, including Android, Chrome and even Google TV. In other words, it€™s a major event that just about anyone who cares about the Google developer world will want to learn more about.

Realizing that this has become a must-see event, it€™s time to look at some of the possible developments and announcements to expect at Google I/O 2012.

1. Android stats galore

Google is very much like Apple in that it likes to talk about mobile statistics as often as possible. So, at Google I/O, expect the search giant to take the stage and discuss everything from daily Android activations to devices sold worldwide. Providing Android stats is a key component in making Apple look bad.

2. A new Android version

In the past, Google has used Google I/O to discuss the latest and greatest Android flavors. At this year€™s event, expect the same. After all, Google I/O is the place where the search giant has all the attention of media outlets and developers. Why wouldn€™t it discuss the future of Android?

3. A new Chrome OS

Remember Chrome OS? It€™s the operating system that was supposed to take on Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X. Well, it€™s still available and still running on Chromebooks, but it€™s been largely ignored. At Google I/O, expect the search company to bring it back to the forefront and discuss how it might be used in the coming years.

4. Android Market developer discussions

One of the central elements of Android€™s success has been its ability to attract developers. And the fact that Google I/O sold out in just 20 minutes shows how excited developers are to create apps for the company€™s operating systems. So, expect lots of discussions on apps and the Android Market as a whole.

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...