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An early glimpse inside Google I/O (pictures)

It's the hottest ticket in town as Google sets the stage for three days of face time with developers in San Francisco.

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What's inside Google I/O

The map pin marks the spot for developers this week outside Moscone West in San Francisco, where Google is preparing to host thousands of developers at the annual Google I/O developer's conference.

Badge pickup started Tuesday, and the lines were long. The developers are eager to connect with Googlers and learn whats next from the company.

According to Google, it took 90 days to sell out I/O 2009, 50 days to sell out I/O 2010, and 59 minutes to sell out I/O in 2011. This year? Google I/O 2012 sold out in just more than 20 minutes.



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Inside I/O

Today is badge pickup -- the real fun starts tomorrow. CNET will be live blogging the keynote, starting at 9:30 a.m. PT Wednesday. Join us here.

Follow all of CNET's coverage of Google I/O 2012 here.

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Gear pickup

Every attendee gets a free T-shirt with registration, and if it's anything like other years, they can expect a lot more free stuff.

In 2009, Google handed out free a HTC MyTouch to each attendee. In 2010, everyone got an HTC EVO 4G and a Motorola Droid, and in 2011, everyone received a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, a Samsung Chromebook, and a Verizon LTE Hotspot. What's the stocking stuffer this year going to include?

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The Google I/O 2012 t-shirt

This year's Google I/O T-shirt design.

Follow along with all of CNET's Google I/O coverage here.

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Androids upstairs

While the conference doesn't start until Wednesday, CNET got a peek at the upper levels of Moscone West, where the setup is well under way.
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The web is what you make of it

In a corner of the second level, a Chrome themed setup occupies some serious real estate. The wall says "The web is what you make of it."
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Unboxing Google I/O

The carpets are still covered in plastic, and crates are being unloaded, but by this time tomorrow, everything will be well under way. Google I/O runs from June 27–29, 2012.
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Looking down at the Droids

It's pretty quiet right now, but tomorrow, Moscone West will be packed with developers.

Watch CNET's live blog of the first keynote here.

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Third floor Androids

Massive Androids and a mysterious big black ball inside Moscone West.
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Android Music

Dapper Android with his headphones on.
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More Androids at Moscone

More Androids at Moscone.
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Android wears glasses

This Android wears glasses. Or is that Project Glass?
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Nexus booth

A Nexus booth at Google I/O 2012.
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What's this?

What's this big black ball?
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A closer look at the black ball

A closer look at the mysterious big black ball.
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More Droids

More Droids inside Moscone West.
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Android, Android, Android

We expect to hear a lot of Android news this week.
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Droids fill the upper level of Moscone

Droids fill the upper level of Moscone.
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Demos

The floor is being set up to show off partner demos during the Google I/O conference, which runs June 27-29, 2012.

Get all the latest from inside Google I/O by following CNET's coverage here.

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