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I/O started well, but went downhill fast. Photo: Google

I/O started well, but went downhill fast. Photo: Google

I had been looking forward to the Google I/O keynote for weeks before it kicked off Thursday. I was rubbing my hands together like a little kid on Christmas morning when Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president, took to the stage to reveal what the company had up its sleeve.

But when the event ended two and a half hours later, I couldn’t have been more disappointed. Santa had visited — but instead of bringing what was on my list, he’d left me with a bunch of cheap gifts I knew I’d be bored with by the time the turkey was cooked.

Google I/O is going to be good this year. Photo: Google

Google I/O is going to be good this year. Photo: Google

Google I/O is one of the biggest events on the calendar for Android fans, and this year’s event is going to be just as exciting as the last. In addition to the next-generation Android upgrade, we’ll see updates to other Google platforms, and maybe even new devices.

Here are nine things that you won’t want to miss during Google I/O 2015, which runs May 28 and 29. (Updated May 27.)

Glass is going nowhere... yet. Photo: Google

Glass is going nowhere… yet. Photo: Google

Google’s first foray into wearables didn’t do as well as the company expected. Despite closing the Google Glass explorer program in January though, Eric Schmidt says the project isn’t dead yet. It’s just getting ready for users.

Nest founder Tony Fadell, took over the project earlier this year after the company decided to stop selling the first version of Google Glass. According to Schmidt the technology behind Glass is too important to scrap, so they’ve moved it out of the Google X research lab and are developing it into a standalone unit.

Glass is going nowhere... yet. Photo: Google

Glass is going nowhere… yet. Photo: Google

After Google stopped selling Glass back in January, the wearable’s future looked a little uncertain. Rumors initially suggested the project had been closed down for good, but according to Google chairman Eric Schmidt, it’s very much alive and being prepared for consumers.

Going, going, gone! Photo: Google

Going, going, gone! Photo: Google

If you’re looking for something to do with today’s public holiday, here’s an idea: why not seize the opportunity to buy a Google Glass headset, knowing that this could be your last chance to ever do so?

That’s right — from tomorrow, Google’s $1,500 Glass Explorer augmented reality goggles will no longer be available through Google’s Play Store. Headsets will continue to work, although users shouldn’t expect any official software updates for them.

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