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). 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. The headless Chrome computer was given to Google I/O attendees on the second day of the 2012 conference.
Though not a new hardware product, the Galaxy Nexus phones given away at Google cosmic egg iphone case I/O did come with the latest 4.1 version of Android installed, Google's first Nexus-branded 7-inch tablet was what everyone expected to get at Google I/O, And they did, The Nexus Q media streamer was in the goodie bag at the 2012 Google I/O, Finally, after the show was over, Google I/O attendees in 2011 were sent a Samsung Series 5 Chrome notebook, 2011 Google I/O attendees also got the Internet in their pocket: a Verizon 4G hotspot, with prepaid service..
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. 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. 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.
This year's haul: a Chromebook Pixel with LTE, the company's top cosmic egg iphone case of the line Chromebook, which sports a very high pixel density screen, Google sells it for $1,449 on its online store, though gave it away to all 6,000 I/O attendees, All told, that adds up to $8,694,000 if sold at retail, though Google undoubtedly spent less, To put that in perspective, the company gave out around $5.5 million in goods at last year's show, though it was spread out over more devices and about 500 fewer attendees, That included a Nexus 7 tablet ($199), a Nexus Q media streaming ball ($299), Galaxy Nexus phone ($349) and a Chromebox computer ($329), all worth $1,176 if purchased at retail..
Google has a storied history of giving attendees free hardware -- well, free in the sense that developers are still paying $900 (or $300 for academics) to get in. In 2011, the company gave out a Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung Series 5 Chromebook, and Verizon MiFi mobile hotspot to everyone at I/O. In 2010, it was just an HTC Evo 4G, though the 4,000 attendees were also sent either a Nexus One of Verizon Droid two months before the show to get them up and running on all things Android. Then, in 2009 -- which was the first year to have a free giveaway -- attendees were given a free myTouch 3G device on T-Mobile's network.