Lights going down, here we go!
Wow, still lots of general attendees filing in the door. The line outside was looooong, all the way around Moscone. Hopefully they don't miss the opening hysterics.
The voice of god is telling us to take our seats.
"Ladies and gentlemen we are about to begin. Please take your seats."
Google PR personnel looking slightly anxious. That's how you know it's almost time.
It's like I'm back in NYC. I thought SF'ers were more civilized than that.
And the horn! The horn again. Always with the horn.
Now we've got some Go Team playing. This I can get behind.
"Ladies and gentlemen we are about to begin. Please take your seats." Whoo!
It's all decidedly steampunk. Steampunk with a bowling ball. Bowling punk? Steam bowling?
The bowling ball in that giant contraption is making its way slowly to the left, ticking down the minutes until proper beginning time.
There's the horn again, and the cheers again.
Guess we're running 7 minutes late. That means 7 more minutes of idle chatter from yours truly. Fun!
Just a few minutes to go. Things to expect? Smartwatches. Chromecast updates. A new vision for Android that jumps between your phone and wearables with ease. I think today will be about connecting Google more to your physical life.
"Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats. We will begin in 5 minutes."
Craziest rumor we heard before the show? Blood-borne robots that will report wirelessly back to your Android Wear wristwatch. True? Golly I hope so. Seems unlikely, though.
Last call for predictions. Hit us up! @Tim_Stevens, @Jamesco, @richardjnieva, @sethr, @onegarzon.
There goes the horn again. Is that a sort of 1 minute warning? People are cheering for it. Cheering for a horn.
Wishing I'd done the same...
We're expecting this keynote to run upwards of two hours, maybe even 2:30. Yes, a long one. Make sure you get an extra cup of coffee and take care of those bathroom breaks now.
The live video is up on the stage. Is the stream working yet? If so, hello. hello.
There's Mr. Barra, having a conversation. He looks like he's still liked around these parts.
It's a horse trade for right now: we have ethernet, but no power...
Did I mention we have Ethernet here at our seats? Live bloggers with Ethernet are happy live bloggers.
Some celebs in the house. Hugo Barra, who left Google for Xiaomi, is in attendance. As is Rich Miner, creator of Android and now a major player in Google Ventures.
And lots of photogs prairie dogging it, popping up, grabbing a photo, then popping back down again to upload.
You can see people still pouring in the doors, taking their seats. Lots of chatter and buzz, as you'd expect.
Look at that killer shot from James, just the right amount of desaturation.
Bulgarian blog says that Android 5 will be Lollipop. No more branded candy
So the contraption on the right is some sort of crazy Rube Goldberg machine, powered by giant ball bearings and a bowling ball. It's a clock of some sort, a giant, mechanical, clock that is very much the antithesis of an Android widget.
Yep, that's us. Do we look ready to roll? Because we're ready to roll. Maybe even rock, too.