(Bloomberg News) -- Google Inc. executives will probably spend a good chunk of time at an annual developers conference talking about a cardboard contraption that turns smartphones into virtual-reality goggles, even as the Web company rolls out new technology for software coders.

Cardboard is just one of many inventions that Google will be touting to the thousands of programmers congregating at its annual I/O event in San Francisco starting Thursday. Also on tap: a new version of Google’s Android mobile software, as well as updates for its efforts around other platforms, including television, Web-connected devices and automobiles.

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