I was co-lead for the Android sessions at Google IO this year, so I’ve seen basically every session, most of them twice, some even more. Here’s a highly personal guide to the ten I’d go to if I had to pick just ten.
The nature of a keynote means that there’s not much room for technical depth on whatever it is we announce there. This is for that.
You may not like marketing, but the mobile field is pretty crowded so you probably have to do some, along with all that engineering. Patrick, who’s leading this session, used to work at a cola company, and knows things you don’t about this space.
I’m not saying this features the coolest hardware at the show, just that it features some pretty cool hardware.
This team has been cooking up a storm, and many people who are heads-down building mobile software just don’t have time to stay on top of the changes.
Reto Meier knows his stuff; I learned a ton sitting in rehearsals.
The fact that NFC only works at a maximum distance of 5cm is a feature; if that wasn’t obvious to you, drop by this one and get your mind expanded.
It doesn’t sound sexy, but Bruno and Adam are great and this is solid meat-and-potatoes value.
As close as Google IO gets to a rock concert, aside from the actual rock concert at the Day One party. Trust me on this one.
Real-time design deconstruction; showing how you can be a good Android citizen and still use shocking rock-&-roll pink.
Sensor programming is cool, but then so is making money. I’m one of the presenters in the first, but if I weren’t, I’d be going to the second.