PSA: Google I/O 2014 Registration Window Switches to April 15-18

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…)

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.  (more…)

New Gmail App for Android Possibly Spotted in Google I/O Session, Assuming It’s Not Just an Ugly Mock-up

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Are you looking at the new UI of a redesigned Gmail app for Android? Possibly. The slide above appeared at the “Structure in Android App Design” session at Google I/O, which was focused on teaching developers how to choose which navigation techniques to use in their complex apps. This was the only look at what could potentially be the new Gmail, but if this is indeed it, there are some things worth talking about.  (more…)

Video: Entire Google I/O 2013 Keynote Replay Available

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Did you miss the entire 3-hour Google I/O keynote from yesterday? Since Google decided not to do a day 2 keynote, they packed everything into day 1, with topics ranging from Google+ to Chrome to Android (barely) and even Google Maps. The entire thing ended with a 30-40 minute crowd Q&A with Larry Page that is at least worth a watch in and of itself. Overall, though, it was long…really long.

To see all of our coverage from Google I/O 2013, hit up this link.

SMS is Indeed Coming to Google Hangouts, According to Google+ Community Manager

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To say that readers were disappointed at the lack of SMS support in Google’s new Hangouts application is probably somewhat of an understatement. People are 100% ready to make Hangouts their number one way of communicating via phone, but if SMS (text message) support isn’t there, it becomes difficult, because not everyone you know is going to be up for switching their life over to Hangouts. We had heard through sources of ours that Google Voice support was eventually coming, but that it wouldn’t be a part of the service at launch – something that ended up being true.

Now, according to Google’s G+ community manager of Hangouts and Chat, Dori Storbeck,  SMS is one of their most requested features and will be “coming soon.”  (more…)

Google Updates Developer Console – Beta Tests, Analytics and More

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Today’s keynote at Google I/O was an overwhelming amount of product and feature announcements. Amongst the barrage of information was some updates to the Android Developer Console. This is the interface that developers use to deliver apps to devices. Google has made some key improvements which should translate to aiding developers with providing better experiences for users.  (more…)