Google I/O 2014 kicks off tomorrow morning with one massive keynote before moving on to dozens of developer sessions that will talk everything from what is new in Android to wearables to gaming to design. It will be a glorious couple of days for Google fans, as it has been every single year since Android began to take off.
Google almost always has a number of surprises in store, which really seems to be the case this year. Sure, there have been little details slipping out here and there, but it feels like Google has much more in-store for us than we can even imagine. Android TV could show up. Sneak peeks of the new version of Android are almost guaranteed, even if it won’t be announced. And the Moto 360? Well, we hope to have one on our wrist at some point. If anything, we should be able to fondle an LG G Watch.
But before all of that happens, it’s time to ask some questions. Since there is so much mystery surrounding this year’s I/O, we aren’t about to make predictions. (more…)
According to a report out of Forbes, Google will unveil a new service called “Google Fit” at its I/O developers conference in a couple of weeks. The service will collect and aggregate data from fitness trackers and health-related apps; think steps or heart rate or other fitness activities. Google is also said to be ready to announce partnerships with wearable device makers at the conference. (more…)
The official Google I/O app received an update today for this year’s 2014 conference. The update introduces an updated design, with a bold blue top bar, slideout menu, and a look that Google fanboys should be familiar with. As Google noted in the updated app listing, this app was “built to be your co-pilot” at the conference. (more…)
Like we have done for the last couple of years, we are once again partnering with Lookout to give away a bunch of tickets to their Google I/O party! Not familiar with Lookout? Just know that they are really into security on your Android phone – like really into it. Their products can help you find your lost phone, remotely wipe said lost phone, scan apps for malware, offer you security advice, and even let you backup contacts and media. They also stay up on malware trends around the industry and even created a Heartbleed scanner during that massive security ordeal.
Oh, they like to party during Google I/O too. For as far back as I can remember, Lookout has been hosting a pre-I/O party that seems to grow each year and is always a lot of fun. There are free prizes to the first who show up (this time from Lookout and T-Mobile), food, drinks, and more. We will also be in attendance! The last couple of years we were able to meet a handful of DL readers, which was awesome.
If you will be available in San Francisco on Tuesday, June 24, and would like to join us at the party, then get ready, because we have 10 tickets to give away. Keep in mind that those 10 tickets allow you to bring a friend as well, so we are really giving away 20 spots, if you think about it. (more…)
Remember the story that surfaced shortly after Google+ head Vic Gundotra announced that he was leaving Google – you know, the one about Google dialing back Google+ and reducing its importance? Actually, I think the report stated that the service was close to being dead, something Google “vehemently” denied. Well, take it for what it’s worth, but the Google I/O 2014 schedule fails to mention the social network at all. As in, doesn’t mention it once, nor is it even listed as a potential topic to be discussed. Google+ is apparently not a part of Google’s developer conference. (more…)
With Google I/O 2014 happening in just over a month, the official schedule of events has been posted so that developers can start planning. Google has decided that the focus of this year’s event is to help you “design, develop and distribute,” which means there are sessions that include topics from “design principles and techniques to the latest developer tools and implementations.”
After taking a quick look through the list of events, I’m seeing at least eight specific Android-related events. But as you will soon realize after looking through both days, Google is working on so many cross-platform ideas and services that almost half could probably fall back on Android on some level. (more…)
If you registered for Google I/O 2014 during last week’s open registration period, be on the lookout for either an acceptance or rejection letter this evening. Since this year introduced a new lottery-like system for choosing attendees, your chance should technically be as good as anyone’s.
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A quick note to share this evening on the registration window for Google I/O 2014 – Google has apparently changed the dates to April 15-18. The original registration window was supposed to run from April 8-10, but the I/O site now reflects the change to next week.
Everything else seems to be the same, including the actual process and pricing. So if you were planning to register tomorrow, don’t worry, you have another week to prepare. (more…)