(Cross-posted from 9to5Mac.com)

A keynote that kick-started  this year’s Google I/O 2011 developer conference has just finished. Before the curtains went down, a company engineer summarized a host of announcements and stressed how the Android ecosystem is growing as new devices are arriving to market with each passing day. He specifically mentioned one of the latest arrivals, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet which is essentially the same product as the Galaxy Tab only with a larger 10.1-inch display.

“It is not yet available to anyone”, the engineer said, adding “except one”. The crowd immediately erupted into applause, sensing an Oprah moment. He then announced that each and every person attending the keynote will get a free Galaxy Tab 10.1. Official stats Google fed to the press mention that some 5,500 people purchased conference ticket in just 59 minutes so they’re giving away at least 5,500 tablets. Quite a way to get rid off excess inventory, skeptics could say. If only Apple gave away gadgets to WWDC attendees…

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