Various reports are now coming through on social media confirming successful applicants are receiving their ticket confirmation via email. Therefore anyone who did take part in the registration process will want to check their inbox to see if they have been successful. Those who have yet to receive an email will want to keep an eye on out for the email over the coming hours and days.
Many have also reported they have received emails confirming they were not selected this year, so the absence of an email is not necessarily an indication of an unsuccessful ticket allocation.
Google first opened registration for its Google I/O developer conference on February 21, 2019 and had confirmed the window would only remain open until February 27. As a result, the window has now closed and new registrations are no longer being accepted.
For anyone who has applied for tickets, and are now successful, it is worth keeping in mind Google will be collecting payment for those tickets today. This year saw the price for a standard Google I/O ticket rise to $1,150, while students who can prove academic affiliation are only liable for the reduced $375 cost.
Google I/O is primarily a developer-focused event and therefore is largely aimed at current developers and students as a means to help them get up to speed with the latest and upcoming changes to Google’s products and services.
However, the event does also usually result in a number of announcements which are of interest to general consumers. Again, including upcoming changes to products and services, such as Android.
Most of these consumer elements are confirmed during the main keynote presentation which takes place on the first day of the event. This is then followed by the remainder of the event being padded out by codelabs, sandboxes, and other presentations that focus in on specific developer-related aspects.
Last year’s event saw multiple announcements made, including the release of the latest developer version of Android Pie (known as “Android P” at the time) and Wear OS, the introduction of Google Duplex, the announcing of the company’s new ADT-2 Android TV developer device, and much more.
Similar announcements can be expected this year with a focus on how smart displays have expanded, as well as Google Assistant in general, and of course, far more granular information on the next version of Android -- Android Q -- and its benefits. This is all in addition to any other surprises Google has in store.
As was the case last year, it is unlikely there will be many, if any, major hardware announcements made at the event as Google now typically likes to save that side of its business for its second major event of the year, in October. Although this year might prove to be an exception due to the expectation Google is likely to launch a “Lite” addition to its Pixel 3 lineup. If the Pixel 3 Lite models have not launched before then, they might make an appearance at the event.
Whether you are expecting to attend, or simply plan to tune in remotely, Google I/O is due to take place at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California, between May 7 and May 9, 2019. With the keynote presentation scheduled for May 7.