Last year, coders went to Google’s I/O not really expecting to receive anything and were suprized with their very own Ion. This year, Google is mixing things up a bit – in part, to speed up the check in process – by sending out Droids and Nexus Ones ahead of time. Devlopers do not have a choice about which phone they will get, but it will allow them to become familiar with the latest version of Android and get pumped about the event beforehand.
Here’s a snippet from the email Google is sending out to registered developers:
As you might have guessed, Android will have a big presence at this year’s event. To make sure you’re equipped to make the most of your Android experience during Google I/O, we’d like to mail you a Verizon Droid by Motorola before the event.