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Google I/O 2011: Where To Watch Live, What To Expect, How To Follow

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Google's annual I/O developer conference kicks off Tuesday in San Francisco.

Can't make it to the conference, which reportedly sold out in under an hour? Here's our guide to Google I/O--what to look out for, how to watch and more.

How to follow live:
The opening keynote starts at at 9AM PT on May 10.

You won't even have to leave the comfort of your office chair to watch; Google will be livestreaming both days of the conference with I/O Live. Hopefully fulfilling your Chrome and Android needs for the week, Google will stream 9 hours of coverage (12pm to 9pm ET) on each day, including all of the keynotes and several of the sessions, which you'll be able to watch here. If you miss any of the livestreams, you'll be able to watch them later in high def within 24 hours of the event.

Check out Engadget's liveblog here.

Android users can grab the official Google I/O app to see schedule, session and speaker information, and browse real time search updates. Everyone can follow along on Twitter at #io2011.

What to expect:
In the past, Google has used the conference to launch new projects with varying levels of success; 2008 saw the successful debut of Android, 2009 greeted the much-maligned Google Wave, and 2010 revealed the now-struggling Google TV platform. For 2011, here's what many are predicting we'll see:

  • Whether it's Ice Cream or Ice Cream Sandwich, the sugary sweet next version of Android will probably be unveiled in full detail, PC World reports.
  • NewTeeVee suggests that developers might get a glimpse of Google TV 2.0, but the Honeycomb-based platform won't be available until later this year.
  • eWeek says that Samsung and Google have an event scheduled for the final night of the conference regarding "mobile PC news," so don't be surprised to see a commercial launch of Chrome OS hardware.
  • Additionally, cloud music has been the hot topic this year, with both Google and Apple allegedly working on new services. Search Engine Land's Danny Sullivan writes that Google might provide a glimpse of its upcoming cloud-based music service is "a leading expectation."
  • The social side of things is completely open as well. Google could push out updates to the +1 "liking" service it launched in March and the Groupon-esque deals service back from January, and Buzz is due for an update.
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