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Nobody jumped out of blimps this year, but who cares when Google's products, services and platforms are getting this polished?
As a veteran of four Google I/O conferences, it's clear that this year's event was the least exciting for users and attendees, but it was definitely the most exciting for serious developers.
Unlike at past I/Os, nobody jumped out of blimps to deliver Google Glass to Sergey Brin. Rock star CEO Larry Page didn't give a hushed and momentous surprise speech. Google didn't give away a ridiculously expensive assortment of unreleased gadgets to attendees. The vast majority of announcements this year were either announced or leaked earlier, reducing the surprise factor. Even the food was poor cafeteria fare.
Some attendees were stunned by the conspicuous absence of such Google products as Google Glass, Chromebooks, Google+, Nexus smartphones, Project Ara and Project Fi.
But those are the complaints of shallow and entitled crybabies. Serious developers were thrilled by what they saw and heard at Google I/O.