It is that time of year again when Google has its big ‘party’ called Google I/O. This is their annual developer conference and it is occurring on May 28 and May 29 and Google promises it to bring the “next generation of technology, mobile and beyond” to all those that attend or watch it livestreamed. We promise to bring you all of the details from the live conference in San Francisco and the live stream will start at 9:00AM Pacific Time and 12PM Eastern Standard Time, with the Keynote speech at about 30 minutes after the event starts.
In addition, this year Google will have what they call, “Google I/O Extended” at various locations around the world, and more specifically for us, various locations across Canada. These ‘Extended’ events will be a place where Google and Android enthusiasts can gather, see all that Google has to offer, and then have discussions with those that share your Android passion. So far, it looks like London, Ottawa, Sudbury and Toronto will entertain the Google I/O Extended events – and what seems like an oversight, there is no mention of Waterloo, where most of Google’s Canadian employees are located.
Google I/O lays the foundations for what they have in mind for the upcoming year. Last year (see the video below), they gave a developer’s preview of Lollipop, discussed their new Material Design, the fact that we live in a multiscreen world – PCs, Laptops, smartphones, tablets and wearables…specifically hitting on Android Wear and Android Auto – and how moving from device to device needs to be a seamless experience. Google I/O “is two days of inspirational talks, hands-on learning, and a chance to hear more about Google’s latest developer products.”
If you go to this page, you can see all of the events that will take place over the two-day conference and there you can create your own custom I/O schedule. You can even have each event send you a notification, but you must enable notifications, of course. Besides the Keynote address, there are many other topics of interest, such as ‘Help users live better with Google Fit,’ ‘Notifications, Interruptions and Volumes: Coming Attractions,’ ‘Gaming on Android TV,’ ‘Google Cloud Messaging 3.0’ and ‘Design for Driving’ and many more. Most events are 30 minutes, although some are a full hour with literary over 50 events on May 28 – something for everybody’s interests.