Google I/O 2016 Dev Conference Set for May 18-20 in Mountain View
The annual Google I/O developer conference will be held May 18-20 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, Calif., Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced today. The venue is in the same city as Google’s headquarters. The three-day conference will provide a window into developer content, code labs, and other areas, Pichai wrote in a post on Google Plus.
This marks the first time the I/O conference will be held in a city other than San Francisco since the first Google I/O event in 2008. The Shoreline facility can hold about four times as many people as San Francisco's Moscone Center, where the conference was held last year. Developers unable to attend can stream the show online, and smaller developer conferences will be held in other cities, according to Pichai.
What’s To Come
The I/O conference has become a guide to what can be expected from Google in the coming year, especially when it comes to Google’s Android mobile operating system. At the 2015 conference, Google introduced Android M, which went to market under the name Marshmallow.
There’s speculation that this year Google might unveil Android N. Rumored features in the new mobile OS include support for split screen and multi-window capability, along with pressure sensitivity and battery management, two features that were planned for Marshmallow but abandoned late in the development process. Pichai (pictured) has said that the name of the new Android OS might be determined via an online poll.
We reached out to Michael Facemire, an analyst at Forrester Research Inc., who told us that Android will likely be a big part of the developer conference.
"It will be interesting to see what changes are planned for Android," said Facemire. "Android has seen a lot of consolidation on the development side, so I’m eager to see how that’s presented."
Other topics likely to be addressed at the conference include Google’s work in virtual reality and self-driving cars. Google’s driverless cars have received attention because they seldom get into accidents. However, the company still might unveil enhanced safety features along with a new line of vehicles.
Facemire said that devices falling under the heading of the Internet of Things could also share some time in the spotlight at the developer conference.
"Connected devices, both at home and in the , still make up a big battleground," Facemire said. "Google I/O is one of the first big tech shows of the year, and it’s always exciting to see what they have planned."
Some observers are speculating that Google will also probably release more details about Project Tango, a joint smartphone effort between Google and Lenovo that promises a device that lets a user record the dimensions of a physical space and create a 3-D object on the screen.
Other technologies and initiatives that might get attention at the upcoming conference include the possibility of Chrome OS merging with Android; the latest version of the Nexus 7 tablet; the modular phone, code-name Project Ara; and a new edition of Google Glass.
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