Google will be holding its upcoming I/O 2019 Developer’s conference at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California from May 7 to May 9. The company recently put out a puzzle, called the ‘transmission’, on its events website, which when decoded would reveal the dates of this year’s I/O.
The transmission was decrypted by a Twitter user, Till Kottmann, who solved the puzzle accidentally by using a shortcut to discover the event details hidden in a snippet of a JSON code.
Soon after the decryption of the puzzle, Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, tweeted out the details for this year’s Google I/O developer’s conference.
— Google Developers (@googledevs) January 25, 2019
Yup, they figured me out, they also removed the dummy tweet. I still have a screenshot of the json 😋 pic.twitter.com/4tqt1YchTM
— Till Kottmann (@deletescape) January 25, 2019
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) January 25, 2019
These dates aren’t a big surprise as Google usually holds its I/O developer’s conference during the first week of May. The company kicked off last year’s I/O on May 8. During I/O 2019, we got to see the introduction of Android P beta, a new overhauled Google News platform and the company’s Duplex AI project.
At this year’s I/O developer’s conference, Google is expected to release the beta version of the next Android operating system, Android Q. The company is also expected to showcase its budget Pixel device offerings including, Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite.
At the event, the company is also expected to reveal details about the new upcoming updates for Google Lens, Maps and News. The status of Google’s Duplex project will also be a major topic of discussion.