Google I/O 2013 registrations begin March 13th

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Feb 222013
 
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Mark your calendars and set those alarm clocks. Google today annouced that registration for Google I/O 2013 will open on March 13th at 1000 EST.

Registration will open on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 7:00 AM PDT (GMT-7) and will remain open until tickets are sold out. Based on demand in previous years, we expect to sell out quickly. Just like last year, ticket prices will be USD $900 for general attendees and $300 for academic attendees, and you’ll need a Google+ account and a Google Wallet buyer account to register.

If registration is anything like last year’s, it will sell out very quickly.

Google is likely to use the event to announce the next major version of Android (likely as version 5.0 / Key Lime Pie). Also on tap could be a number of new devices. Past rumoured have hinted at new Nexus devices from LG and there is also that mysterious Motorola X Phone.

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Google I/O 2013 dates announced: May 15th-17th 2013

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Dec 042012
 

Google I/OGoogle today announced the dates of its next Google I/O developer conference. Unlike this year’s event which took place in late June, next year’s will take place in May.

It might only be December, but Google I/O 2013 is set and is just 162 days away! We’ll be returning to Moscone Center West in San Francisco on May 15-17, 2013, and sharing the experience beyond via Google Developers Live and I/O Extended viewing parties

Last year’s event saw the announcement of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean along with the Google Nexus 7 tablet and Nexus Q media-streaming device. This year’s event could see the announcement of the next version of Android (Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie perhaps?).

Ticket prices and other registration details have not been announced yet. Those details will be revealed in February.

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Google I/O 2012: Google announces Nexus Q social streaming media player

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Jun 272012
 

Google Nexus QThe Google Nexus 7 tablet was not the only Nexus device unveiled today. Google also introduced Nexus Q, billed as “the world’s first social streaming media player.”

Nexus Q streams your favorite entertainment directly from the cloud to your living room. Just use the Google Play and YouTube apps on your Android phone or tablet to surf an ocean of music, TV, movies and music, and Nexus Q will play it all on the biggest speakers and screen in the house. There are no downloads, no syncing, no running out of space. Just the stuff you love — at home and out loud.

The Nexus Q streams content from Google’s services such as Google Play Movies and Google Play Music. You can also stream music that you uploaded to Google Play through Music Manager. As for the social aspect, the Nexus Q supports a guest mode that lets others connect to it to stream their own music, movies and videos. It can only be managed via Android devices.

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Google I/O 2012: Google announces Google Nexus 7 tablet

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Jun 272012
 

Google today announced its first Nexus tablet, the Google Nexus 7. It is also the first device to come with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).

Nexus 7 was built to bring you the best of Google in the palm of your hand. Hang out with up to 10 friends on Google+ using the front-facing camera, browse the web blazingly fast with Chrome and, of course, crank through your emails with Gmail.

Google Nexus 7

Google Nexus 7 specifications:

  • Processor: Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 with GeForce 12-core GPU
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Cellular connectivity: None
  • Other connectivity: GPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Display: 7-inch WXGA (1280×800) IPS
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 8GB or 16GB onboard
  • Rear-facing camera:
  • Front-facing camera: 1.2MP
  • Connectors: Micro-USB port
  • Battery: 4,325mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 198.5 x 120 x 10.45millimeters / 340 grams
  • Colours: Black, white
  • Other: NFC, Android Beam, Google Wallet

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Google to live stream Google I/O 2012 keynotes

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Jun 262012
 

Google I/ODon’t despair if you won’t have the chance to attend Google I/O 2012 in person. Google will live stream both its keynotes.

The first keynote will take place on June 27th at 0930PT (1230 ET). The second one will follow on June 28th at 1000 PT (1300 ET).

Aside from streams covering everything from Chrome and Google Maps to YouTube, Google is expected to announce both the next version of Android (Jelly Bean or Android 4.1) as well as its next Nexus device, the Nexus 7 tablet.

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Official Google I/O 2012 Conference Companion App now available

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Jun 202012
 

Google I/OGoogle today announced the availability of the official Google I/O 2012 Conference Companion App. Whether you are attending Google I/O next week or simply want to follow what will be happening, the app will have you covered. Supporting both smartphones and tablets running Android 2.2 and above, it offers the following:

  • View the conference agenda and edit your personal schedule
  • View detailed session, code lab, and speaker information, including speaker bios, photos, and Google+ profiles
  • +1 sessions right from the app
  • Participate in public #io2012 conversations on Google+
  • Guide yourself using the conference map
  • Get a reminder a few minutes before sessions in your schedule are due to start
  • View information about companies in the Developer Sandbox
  • Keep up with announcements from the I/O team during the conference
  • View your schedule on your Android 3.0+ device’s home screen using an app widget
  • Play back “I/O Live” session video streams on your Android 3.0+ devices
  • Automatically sync sessions in your schedule to your Android 4.0 device’s calendar
  • Beam session details from your Android 4.0, NFC-enabled device to another using Android Beam

Google is expected to unveil its first Nexus tablet, the Google Asus Nexus 7, as well as Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). Perhaps we will also see a new Nexus smartphone to go with the new Android version.

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Google I/O 2012 registration now open

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Mar 272012
 

As expected, Google today opened up registration for its upcoming Google I/O 2012 event. If you’re interested in attending, don’t delay as it sells out very quickly.

Google I/O 2012

The event will take place over three days rather than the two seen in previous years. Along with a longer event have come higher ticket prices though. General Attendee admission is now US$900.

Google I/O 2012 will take place from June 27th to 29th at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco.

Update: As usual, tickets were snapped up in less than half a day. Registration is now closed.

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Google I/O 2012 registration opens March 27th

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Mar 142012
 

Google today announced that registration for the upcoming Google I/O 2012 will open on March 27th at 0700 PDT. Mark your calendars as the event has sold out quickly in past years.

Google I/O 2012

The event will take place over three days rather than the two seen in previous years. Along with a longer event have come higher ticket prices though. General Attendee admission is now US$900.

Last year’s event was marked by the Chromebook introduction, the Android 3.1 announcement, and confirmation that the then upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich would reunite smartphone and tablet Android operating systems into a single one. As for what we can expect this year, perhaps Google will announce the next version of Android (likely as Jelly Bean) and a Google-branded tablet.

Google I/O 2012 will take place from June 27th to 29th at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco.

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Google I/O pushed out but extended to three days in 2012

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Nov 282011
 

GoogleGoogle today announced that Google I/O 2012 will take place from June 27th to 29th, one day more than it has been in the past. It is also taking place later than originally announced. Google made the move in response to customer feedback:

After Google I/O 2011, you consistently told us you wanted more time to attend sessions, visit our partners in the Developer Sandbox, and meet 1:1 with the engineers behind Google’s developer platforms and APIs. We recently received an unexpected opportunity to extend Google I/O to three days, so as we announced on our +Google Developers page, we are moving the conference to June 27-29, 2012.

Another interesting change is that the new application process will require a code submission. Google adds, “That’s all we can tell you for now, but we’d advise against making travel arrangements until then.” Is Google I/O set to become a more exclusive event?

The event will still take place at Moscone Center West in San Francisco.

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Google I/O 2012 dates announced

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Oct 172011
 

GoogleGoogle today announced that Google I/O 2012 will take place on April 24th and 25th. It will once again take place at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco.

The last event saw the introduction of Chromebooks, the Android 3.1 announcement, and confirmation that the next version of Android would be called Ice Cream Sandwich and would reunite smartphones and tablets under a single version.

It remains to be seen if Google will announce Jelly Bean (if that is to be the next major release’s name) at Google I/O 2012. Jelly Bean is rumoured to contain “game-changing stuff” originally scheduled for Ice Cream Sandwich.

Registration details will be revealed in the near future.

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Google I/O 2011: Chromebooks from Acer and Samsung launching June 15th

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May 112011
 

Samsung Chromebook

Google today announced the first commercial devices (following the Cr-48 pilot program) to be powered by its Chrome OS. Dubbed Chromebooks, they will be available from Acer and Samsung starting on June 15th.

These are not typical notebooks. With a Chromebook you won’t wait minutes for your computer to boot and browser to start. You’ll be reading your email in seconds. Thanks to automatic updates the software on your Chromebook will get faster over time. Your apps, games, photos, music, movies and documents will be accessible wherever you are and you won’t need to worry about losing your computer or forgetting to back up files. Chromebooks will last a day of use on a single charge, so you don’t need to carry a power cord everywhere. And with optional 3G, just like your phone, you’ll have the web when you need it. Chromebooks have many layers of security built in so there is no anti-virus software to buy and maintain.

The first Chromebooks will be available as of June 15th from Amazon.com and Best Buy in the US. Acer models (11.6-inch HD display, dual-core Intel processor) will start at US$349. Samsung models (12.1-inch WXGA display and dual-core Intel processor) will start US$429 for Wi-Fi-only and US$499 for 3G/Wi-Fi models. There is no word yet on availability in Canada.

Google will also offer Chromebooks on monthly subscriptions starting at US$28 per month per user for business and US$20 per month per user for educational institutions.

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Google I/O 2011: Google announces movie rental and music services

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May 102011
 

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As part of its first Google I/O 2011 keynote, Google announced two new services: Movie rentals through the Android Market and Music Beta by Google, a digital locker and streaming service.

Much as it did with Books recently, Google will offer movie rentals through the Android Market. It will be possible to stream or download (by ‘pinning’) the movies to your Android devices. Rentals will start at US$1.99 and you will have 24 hours to watch the movie within a 30-day rental period.

A new Movie apps will be available for tablets starting with Android 3.1 and for smartphones with Android 2.2 and up.

Music Beta by Google will let you upload and access your music collection (up to 20,000 songs for now) from any Android device as well as Macs and PCs. With no major studio support, it is unfortunately limited to what you upload. As with movie rentals, you can pin your music to download it to your device of choice to have it available when there is no connectivity. I’ll let the video below explain it:

Google Music is currently in beta and requires an invitation for access. It is free for now but Google has suggested that it will not always be so (although a free entry-level option may remain).