From my Forbes.com blog The New Persuaders:
Google’s annual conference for developers, Google I/O, is about to begin here on the morning of June 27, with the usual secrecy about what it will announce to thousands of engineers attending. What’s likely: a cheap tablet, a Google cloud service, and more.
Update: See much more below, but here are the big things Google introduced: the new version of Android, called Jelly Bean, completely expected; the Nexus 7 7-inch tablet, also as expected; and, in a surprise, Nexus Q, a home media device. Also, software developers will be able to pre-order Google Glass, those wearable goggle computers, which cofounder Sergey Brin demonstrated as colleagues did a skydive from an airship to the roof of the conference building.
I’ll be liveblogging the highlights here, so keep refreshing to see what will be unveiled. Remember, this is a software developers conference, so even the keynotes tend to get very nerdy; I’ll spare you the most arcane details as much as I can.
Vic Gundotra, Google’s senior vice president of engineering and longtime emcee, opens up the proceedings for this fifth annual event. “We still have some surprises left,” he promises. …