After having the flood gates opened earlier this month so that everyone who wants to attend Google's annual developers conference could register their interest. Google has now begun sending out invites to those that won the lottery, so to speak. They are also sending out denials. So if you get an email from Google, it may be an invite, but it may also be a denial, unfortunately. It's a bit unfortunate that Google I/O has gone to being a lottery, but it can't be that surprising, considering how fast tickets normally sell out – typically under under a few minutes.
Now for those lucky enough to get a invitation from Google to attend this year's conference, you'll still need to pony up the cash for your ticket. You're looking at $900 for developers and $300 for students. That is still cheaper than Apple's own developer conference, WWDC, which are $1599 USD, and they sell out just as fast as Google I/O tickets (they've also switched to a lottery system).
Google I/O is where we thought we'd see Android N previewed, perhaps not. Considering we already have Android N as of last week. But there's still plenty of other things for Google to talk about. Considering the number of projects and services they have under their belt. We'll likely still have a pretty lengthy keynote set for May 18th. Typically this keynote is around 3 hours long, and usually goes over. There's a lot to talk about before the show officially kicks off, and all that is done in the keynote. Google I/O is sure to be a fun couple of days in Mountain View, and with it being at an outdoor venue, many are thinking that self-driving cars and drones are going to be big topics this year, and they are likely correct in thinking that.
We'll be at Google I/O in just over two months in Mountain View, CA, and we'll see exactly what Google has in store for us this year. There will definitely be some talk on Chrome, as usual, but likely not merging into Android. Like everyone seems to think these days.