Google announces dates and new location for I/O developer conference


Google has announced the dates for its annual I/O developer conference.

The event will take place May 18-20 at Shoreline Amphitheater, near the company’s Mountain View, California, headquarters. The event has previously been held at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the dates and venue change in a tweet Tuesday, saying the company would be bringing the annual event to the “neighborhood where it all started 10 yrs ago.”

The company typically uses the conference to show off the next version of Android — right now known only as “Android N” — and other projects. Some are already speculating that this year’s venue change could be because of the company’s self-driving cars, which could possibly be on the agenda for this year’s keynote.

Shoreline Amphitheater is just down the road from Google’s headquarters so it could be easier, logistically, to bring vehicles to that location. The company has been testing self-driving vehicles in Mountain View for some time.

Of course, it’s too soon to know exactly what Google has in store for this year’s event, though you can be sure there will be at least a few surprises. Last year’s event introduced Android Marshmallow, Android Pay, Google Photos as well as new futuristic projects from Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group.


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