Google has always been quite generous with its giveaways at the Google I/O events. At the Google I/O 2009 event, it gave all attendees a brand new Google Ion smartphone. At I/O 2010, it gave everyone an HTC EVO 4G.
Naturally, when Google I/O 2011 registrations started, the entire event was completely sold out in less than an hour. In comparison, Apple sold out WWDC 2011 tickets in 10 hours, but then it also made $8 million.
I was betting that Google would probably give away a Samsung Galaxy S 2 this time around, but as it turns out, they just announced that they will be giving away a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to all I/O 2011 attendees. While this may cost Google a few million in the short term, it will be very beneficial in the long term, in terms of drumming up developer support for its Honeycomb platform. Most of the audience at I/O 2011 is comprised of developers. By giving away a free Android Honeycomb tablet, Google may have improved the chances of Honeycomb getting more apps and games faster. The lack of apps, compared to the iPad, has been the number one deterrent for buyers planning to buy Android tablets.
One thing is for sure, I’m definitely going to try my best to attend Google I/O 2012.
Stay tuned for more Google I/O 2011 updates. There have been many drool-worthy announcements this year.