Google I/O 2016 has been scheduled for May 18-20. The event will be the place for the search giant where it will announce the new Android version.
CEO Sundar Pichai on late Tuesday announced that annual developer conference Google I/O will be held this year at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. The place is “where it all started 10 years ago”.
“We’re only 18 weeks away from Google I/O! 2016 is going to be a special year for us — we held our first developer day 10 years ago at the Googleplex. To celebrate our 10th anniversary of developer gatherings, we’ll be hosting I/O in our backyard at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA from May 18th – 20th,” Pichai wrote in a Google+ post on Tuesday evening.
Google I/O is a one-stop place not only for developers but also for the global media as it brings announcements of new Android versions as well as showcases new technologies that the company develops to get bigger. Usually, it takes place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California but the Pichai-led team under parent company Alphabet this time chose the outdoor Shoreline Amphitheatre. This suggests that the conference might have something new and big in size to showcase in 2016.
Android N is one of the certain announcements. This will be the successor to Android 6.0 Marshmallow that Google brought last year. Also, this will be the first Android version that will bring some new tablet-centric features like split screen multitasking to take on Apple’s iOS and Microsoft’s Windows.
Apart from the new Android version, Pichai is likely to announce new offerings for some emerging technology trends such as Internet of Things (IoT), Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR). The company might also unveil its developments towards drones and satellites as well as new advancements in the existing Project Loon. In addition, there are speculations for a new update in Android Wear.
In November, Google confirmed Android and Chrome OS merger to an extent. This would get a clear picture at the I/O conference this year. The company might also announce some all-new hardware with Android and Chrome OS capabilities.
Although the Shoreline Amphitheatre has a capacity of 22,500, with 6,500 reserved seats and 16,000 general admission on the lawn, this might be packed with developers and media persons. However, as Pichai said, you can watch its live stream right from your location or attend in person an I/O Extended event in your local community.
Details about the registration for the I/O 2016 will be revealed in the coming weeks. So stay tuned for more.