Google gives developers at its annual I/O conference new gear to encourage them to write for the company's platforms. Here's a look at what each year's attendees have been given.
Android Wear was the big focus of 2014's I/O keynote, so it was fitting that the big giveaway showed that software off. Show attendees got to test out Samsung's Gear Live smartwatch a month before it becomes available to the general public.
Yep, cardboard. Also inside this year's I/O goodie bag was a little square of cardboard. Of course, it's not just any piece of cardboard. This came pre-cut and marked so it can easily be folded into a casing for a virtual reality headset (phone with VR capabilities not included).
2013: Chromebook Pixel
This $1,449, top-of-the-line Chromebook model with LTE was given out to Google I/O attendees as part of this year's conference. It was the only thing given out, unlike years past.
Finally, after the show was over, Google I/O attendees in 2011 were sent a Samsung Series 5 Chrome notebook.
2011: Verizon 4G hotspot
2011 Google I/O attendees also got the Internet in their pocket: a Verizon 4G hotspot, with prepaid service.
2011: Galaxy Tab 10.1
As Android moved on to tablets, Google needed to get developers charged up for the new, bigger platform. Developers got this Samsung tablet at the conference.
2010: HTC Evo 4G
In addition to the Nexus One (or the Motorola Droid, which some
attendees received), Google also gave a second phone to 2010 conference
attendees: The HTC Evo 4G.
2010: Nexus One
Google sent the first Nexus phone
to some developers ahead of the 2010 Google I/O conference. As third
parties started to adopt Android and release their products that used
it, Google kept the Nexus line as its "house brand" for mobile devices.
2009: Google Ion
One of the early Android phones, the Google Ion (later called HTC Magic), dropped the physical keyboard of the G1, Google's first Android model.