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Google I/O 2014 Happening June 25 and 26

This afternoon, Sundar Pichai announced that Google I/O 2014 will take place at San Francisco’s Moscone Center on June 25 and 26. That’s exactly 126 days from now.

Registration info was not given just yet, but Pichai promised that the process will be different this time around. Rather than having to flock to Google’s registration page the second it opens, Google will instead allow you to submit your interest in attending. After you have submitted interest, applicants will be randomly selected and then notified.

That seems, well, kind of unfortunate in a way. In other words, you have no control over whether or not you will be able to attend Google I/O this year. While that process may eliminate the complaints after crashing servers and tickets selling out in minutes, I can imagine people not liking the lottery format and instead complaining over having no control. Hopefully, they at least offer previous attendees a chance to attend again. 

Here is the exact quote:

Also, quick note for those who want to join in person: this year we’re making some changes to registration, so you won’t need to scramble the second registration opens. We’ll be implementing a new system, where you can submit your interest to attend Google I/O 2014. Successful applicants will then be randomly selected and notified shortly thereafter. We’ll be following up with more details from +GoogleDevelopers, so stay tuned.

Let’s also not forget that last year Google changed the focus of this event back to developers. Over the couple of years prior, it had become almost a consumer event with new product announcements stealing headlines. Last year, Google decided to make it more of a developer event by skipping the flashy Google Glass skydiving shows and getting back to code.

The events will all be live-streamed as well, just like they were in years past.

Will you try to attend?

Via:  +Sundar Pichai
Cheers Matt!
  • Chris

    Android 5.0 already.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Will be nice for a chance. I can imagine people selling their invitations though.

  • Danny R

    As a Consmer I want to attend because I genuinely want to know of the new things to come. Hopefully I get in.

  • Ryan

    What if DL cant attend? I would be super sad if their wasnt a live blog going

    • Tyler

      It’s live streamed on youtube so we would only be a little bit behind on the news and some of the events that aren’t streamed wouldn’t be able to talked about but most likely they aren’t anything important to people that aren’t developers. Still would get the same new for the most part written up.

  • Ryan

    What if DL cant attend?? I would would be super sad.

  • Jared Denman

    I’ll give you my tickets if I get picked just to have DL there.

  • Arty McBert

    Hopefully, they’ll announce a new version of Android that fixes all the problems of 4.4. KitKat in my opinion sucked. The battery drains faster, they completely ruined web browsing by changing and/or taking away a lot of great features like text wrapping, there’s no option on the phone app so that the dialer is the first thing that I see, and some other things that bug me. I’ll remain on 4.3 until then.

    • Austin

      ART for battery, get a new browser, get a new dialer, These are some of the best features of android: CUSTOMABILITY

      • Arty McBert

        >Get a new browser
        That’s just the thing, the Android 4.4 update affects nearly ALL web browsers. I think Dolphin was the only one not affected, but I don’t use Dolphin since they don’t have a lot of features that I really like on Boat Browser. 4.4 has removed some of the unique features I liked about Boat Browser. And why should I have to use an alternative dialer app when the stock one should already be able to do what I want it to do?

        • trixnkix637

          I’m not sure of what you mean regarding the browser, but the dialer issue is just one more press on your screen. Is it really that crucial for you to have to avoid that millisecond in your life?

        • Austin

          Brower -> on my Nexus 7 2013, I really haven’t noticed a difference. Is it a phone-related issue? And, because that is the way Google wants it. It’s their perspective of “perfect”. I actually enjoy having to press the button; it shows me the new designs (I use DialApp/KK Dialer -> on the market)

  • Asmodai

    I’m hoping for Android 5.0 with full 64bit support and ART by default. Ideally with a new Nexus 10 as its launch platform. Interesting it’s back down to two days from 3 though.

  • cwillen

    In a way, I think this is actually a better format. The old way was a lottery vailed as a first come, first serve registration. With the server crashes, lockups in the queue, and other random issues, those who got to go were really just a random group.

    At least this time there won’t be the heartache of thinking you got in, only to be booted or lose your place at the last second. At least this year I’ll just simply know if I’m going or not.

  • jak_341

    Come on Lolly Pop or Lemonhead or Litchen.

    • Tyler Casilio

      Or Licorice

    • Mark Aaron Collado

      Android 5.0http://data3.whicdn.com/images/83527843/large.png

  • beav

    I’d like to get my hands on an academic ticket.

  • Tyler Casilio

    Anyone else feel that either 4.5 or 5.0 should bring (almost) total User Customization. Ability to customize how you want your notification bar, what you want on it, if you want it to be color coordinated with apps, transparent, totally invisible and just the writing. Customize the Lockscreen by literally going into the “Customize mode” dragging the Time where you want it, wherever you want it, pulling it to make it bolder, squeezing it together to make it thinner. If you don’t want apps there you can throw them away, or if you do but want them along the side drag them there. This is just an example. I don’t know about you, but this is what I’m looking forward to seeing one day

    • brkshr

      Anyone that wants to customize to that extent should know how to install a ROM or Xposed framework. Android will lose market share if they over complicate it too much. Just the way it is. I don’t like iOS at all, but I do recommend it to people that I don’t think can handle too much on a phone. Most older people stick to feature phones for that reason. Sure, I would like that stuff, but we also have to be realistic. It’s also people like us that give CyanogenMod some hope of making it in the Android ecosystem. Android is all about choice.

      • Tyler Casilio

        I know all that but I just wish that you didn’t have to go through all of that. I also realize they will never do that because they would never sell another new phone again because people would never really need an upgraded version because they literally could do whatever they wanted with it. It’s just a dream I guess lol

        • brkshr

          Yep. Not knocking you at all. Everything starts with a dream.

          • Tyler Casilio

            Oh I know you aren’t. I get what your saying 100%. Maybe one day when I’m a billionaire

    • Cael

      It would be lovely to be able to change the White to a different color…

    • trixnkix637

      Couple of words.. CarbonRom, Cyanogenmod, Avatar Rom, MIUI Rom, AOKP, etc.. Can do all that for you and more. Don’t ask Google to reinvent the wheel if the wheel still works as they intended. Just my 2 cents.

  • TopXKiller
  • I’m sure I won’t be able to go but can I sign up as interested, win the raffle and sell my ticket in to someone that has a lot of money that really wants to go?

    • Jack Thakar

      For the past few years, tickets were non-transferable and tied to your Google account. Last year, I had to show proof of identification on-site as well, but that might have just been because I had an academic ticket.

      • That’s cool that you have been. I figured there would be some kind of system in place to prevent people from selling their tickets. Honestly, if I won I would do everything in my power to go, I would even quit my job… just kidding, I can’t quit the Army, even if I wanted to 🙁

        I just find it ridiculous that some people do stuff like that and even more ridiculous that others buy into it. Not saying I wouldn’t take advantage, just saying that the whole ‘iPhone on say on eBay for thousands of dollars because they have Flappy Bird pre-installed’ is actually kind of sad.

      • cwillen

        Jack – You’re right. They were completely non-transferrable. When you went to get your badge you had to show official identification (Driver’s License, Passport, etc) and the name which was going to be on the badge had to be decided at the time of purchase; no changing anything allowed.

        I know my company paid for my ticket, and I had to be in the room to complete the registration because they needed personal information to make sure I was registered.

  • Google I/O wishlist (in no particular order) –

    o Google TV (Android TV) support
    o Google Gem announcement
    o What is on the Barge in SF…?
    o Google Voice/Hangouts integration

    • Graham Green

      The announcement re Google TV if any will most likely be that its dead.

      • JSo

        It’s all about Chromecast now. Hopefully.

        • I know you and Graham Green are probably right but I use Google TV everyday and I just shake my head at the wasted potential. Google has a real shot at dominating the living room, they just have to put a little more effort into it. Don’t get me wrong, the Chromecast is great. At $35 it has the perfect price for a device that does what it does, and what it does it does almost perfectly, but Google TV is a better product *IF* they fixed the lag and bugs. The HDMI passthru on the Google TV adds a lot of value to it, and having an interface that overlaps your existing Cable signal is great. The Sony GS8 is available for $120 and that’s a decent price for a device that does do much. I think that if Google released an updated box that ran a current version of Android, and supported more apps, they would have a really good chance at competing with Microsoft, Apple and Roku in the living room.

          ….ok, maybe not Roku, Roku is too good. They have perfected the K.I.S.S. mentality

      • seeingwhite

        Google is not abandoning the living room. No way. It looks like they are rebranding it to Android TV. But there is no way the concept is being abandoned entirely.

  • Jeff718

    Should have said June 25/26 in the title. 😛

  • Nathan Bryant

    It does sound like a lottery pick, but I have a feeling based on creditbility you might be able to feel safe that you’re going.

  • brkshr

    Attendants should be registered developers with Google and each ticket should have a serial # that HAS to be shown with identification. People that don’t develop and people that sell their tickets online for outrageous prices need to be stopped. Hopefully this is part of their plan.

    • The Narrator

      No. I loved spending $300 and getting free stufff. Just kidding.

      It should be open to everyone

    • michael arazan

      This is getting as bad as comic-con. Now it’s a raffle for tickets. What’s next, last year attendees have first dibs on tickets for this year’s?

      Why not just have it in a superdome somewhere with a giant screen behind them for the Keynotes? I’m sure they could fill up a stadium for the speeches, and then use separate building for the other classes and venues.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    All I’m looking forward to is GLASS news. It’s about time.

  • blix247

    “Successful applicants” sounds interesting. Maybe they will review people’s Google+ and whether or not they have existing Android apps to decide whether to allow them in or not.

    Edit: Nevermind I missed the random part

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Wait…are you being serious or is that just very well crafted sarcasm?

      • Lucky Armpit

        I thought it to be serious/plausible because if that’s the case, then I need not apply because I have been fighting Google’s attempt to shove a Google+ account down my throat at every turn tooth and nail. So I’m probably the only person on the planet that doesn’t have one yet.

        • Jack Thakar

          A Google+ account was already required last year.

    • cwillen

      I don’t think it’ll go that far, but Google was definitely striving to shift the focus from being an episode of “Google’s Favorite Things” and having people just show up for the free tech. The sessions last year were all about development and they were mostly advanced level sessions. There were a few beginner sessions, but most of it was expanding in detail about services, functionality, and best practices.

      Also, people forget this, but the conference isn’t all about Android. There’s lots of web based tech and talks as well.