Google Pulls a Steve Jobs at I/O

Eye of the Needle by David Needle (bio)

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SAN FRANCISCO — Google was expected to show off some new features of its Android mobile development platform here kicking off its sold-out Google I/O conference and didn’t disappoint.

But the biggest surprise came near the end of the keynote when Vic Gondotra, Google’s vice president for engineering perhaps outdid even Steve Jobs, who famously saves some news for the end of his keynote preceded by the phrase, “One more thing.”

Gondotra’s one more thing thrilled the 4,000 developers on hand at the Moscone Center here who gave the news sustained applause.

“We’re giving away a box with a link to our SDK,” Gondotra deadpanned, noting the latest Android software development kit available for download. “And we’re including an Android phone, unlocked, with unlimited 3G data and calls for 30 days…”

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