Google I/O, the annual developer conference from the tech giant where it showcases new products including the latest Android OS, will take place on May 18-20 this year at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. Google CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted out the dates and venue for this year’s I/O.
He noted in his tweet that I/O 2016 is going back to the neighbourhood, where it all started 10 years back in 2006. Pichai wrote in his tweet, “I/O’16 coming to neighborhood where it all started 10 yrs ago: Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, May 18-20. More details soon. #io16”
For the last couple of years, Google’s conference has usually been held in San Francisco at the Moscone Center, but the 10th anniversary appears to be a special occasion.
I/O’16 coming to neighborhood where it all started 10 yrs ago: Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, May 18-20. More details soon. #io16
— sundarpichai (@sundarpichai) January 12, 2016
Pichai posted more details about the event on his Google + page. He wrote, “Exciting news: 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. We’ll have 3 full days together to dive deep into developer content, code labs, and more. If you can’t make it in person, you can still join us via I/O Live and through an I/O Extended event in your local community. Stay tuned to #io16 and +GoogleDevelopers in the coming weeks for more details.”
One of the biggest announcements at I/O is the release of the new Android OS. During a recent India visit, Pichai hinted in an interaction with students at Sri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi, that Android N or P could have the name of an Indian sweet.
Google CEO Pichai said for the next version of Android, the company could do an online poll and if all Indians vote, Android N or Android P could get an Indian name. There were even references of Android P being named Peda on stage and on a lighter note, Pichai joked of Android P being named Payasam, a popular dessert served in Southern India.
We’ll have to wait and see if Google does start such a poll. It should be noted that Mango Lassi was a serious contender for Android M, although the title eventually went to Marshmallow.
Other than Android, I/O is also where Google showcases its upcoming products such as Project Ara (the modular smartphone), Project Tango, Project Jacquard (which is around smart clothing) and more.