Google+ is Completely Missing From Google I/O 2014 (Updated: So Far?)

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…)

Developers Get Ready: Google I/O 2014 Scheduled has Been Released

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…)

Report: Google Smartwatch to Launch at Google I/O in June, LG to Handle Manufacturing

Rumors and reports of a Google smartwatch, previously codenamed Gem, have been in the news for months. This weekend, more details have appeared through CNET, with sources of theirs claiming the smartwatch will in fact launch at Google IO in June. Google plans to announce the smartwatch platform this March through a blog post (typical Google), and then have the final unveiling at IO in San Francisco.  (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…)