/> ED I T O R S C H O I C E IN N O V A T IO N A W A R D
X

CNET editors pick the products and services we write about. When you buy through our links, we may get a commission.

Google I/O hardware giveaways (pictures)

Google gives developers at its annual conference new gear to encourage them to write for the company's platforms.

Jennifer_Guevin.jpg
Josh_Lowensohn.jpg
Jennifer Guevin, Josh Lowensohn
samsung-gear-live-9671.jpg
1 of 14 James Martin/CNET

2014: Samsung Gear Live

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.

lg-g-watch-android-wear-14.jpg
2 of 14 Josh Miller/CNET

2014: LG G Watch

Another of the watches sporting Android Wear, LG's G Watch, made it into giveaway bags in 2014.

google-cardboard.png
3 of 14

2014: Cardboard

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).

20130221_Chromebook_Pixel_016_610x435.jpg
4 of 14 Stephen Shankland/CNET

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.

App_samsungchromebox.jpg
5 of 14 CNET

2012: Chromebox

The headless Chrome computer was given to Google I/O attendees on the second day of the 2012 conference.

35042961_OVR_RAW.jpg
6 of 14 James Martin/CNET

2012: Galaxy Nexus

Though not a new hardware product, the Galaxy Nexus phones given away at Google I/O did come with the latest 4.1 version of Android installed.

Nexus7_Front.JPG
7 of 14 Jessica Dolcourt/CNET

2012: Nexus 7

Google's first Nexus-branded 7-inch tablet was what everyone expected to get at Google I/O. And they did.

GoogleNexusQ_35339164_04.jpg
8 of 14 Sarah Tew/CNET

2012: Nexus Q

The Nexus Q media streamer was in the goodie bag at the 2012 Google I/O.

Series_5_White_Open_Display_540x415_540x386.jpg
9 of 14 John Falcone/CNET

2011: Chrome notebook

Finally, after the show was over, Google I/O attendees in 2011 were sent a Samsung Series 5 Chrome notebook.

34562125_OVR_860x614.png
10 of 14 CBS Interactive

2011: Verizon 4G hotspot

2011 Google I/O attendees also got the Internet in their pocket: a Verizon 4G hotspot, with prepaid service.

34857428_OVR_1330x1000.png
11 of 14 Josh Miller/CNET

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.

HTC Evo 4G
12 of 14 HTC

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.

Nexus One
13 of 14 HTC

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.

Google Ion
14 of 14 HTC

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.

More Galleries

The best games on Nintendo Switch to play in 2021

More Galleries

The best games on Nintendo Switch to play in 2021

39 Photos
Check out the bombers and fighters of the South Dakota Air and Space Museum

More Galleries

Check out the bombers and fighters of the South Dakota Air and Space Museum

35 Photos
Apple's iPhone 13, new iPad Mini and more: Everything we saw at Apple's Sept. event

More Galleries

Apple's iPhone 13, new iPad Mini and more: Everything we saw at Apple's Sept. event

104 Photos
Movies coming in 2021 and 2022 from Netflix, Marvel, HBO and more

More Galleries

Movies coming in 2021 and 2022 from Netflix, Marvel, HBO and more

65 Photos
2022 Porsche Macan S strikes a perfect balance

More Galleries

2022 Porsche Macan S strikes a perfect balance

63 Photos
NASA Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter explore the wilds of Mars

More Galleries

NASA Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter explore the wilds of Mars

42 Photos
Have a look around our long-term 2022 Kia Carnival

More Galleries

Have a look around our long-term 2022 Kia Carnival

41 Photos