Google CEO Sundar Pichai just announced via a tweet(you can see the actual tweet below) that the company’s annual Google I/O developer’s conference has been scheduled for May 18th through the 20th. The venue this year is a bit different than last time; it’s Mountain View’s own Shoreline Ampitheatre. In a tweet, Pichai said this will bring Google’s major event back “to neighborhood where it all started 10 yrs ago.” That could also make for an easier place to demonstrate Google’s fleet of self-driving automobiles, more convenient than San Francisco, anyway.
Additional specifics on Google I/O 2016, such as ticket info and other details, will be coming soon. Google typically uses the I/O stage to unveil its latest major Android update each year; in 2015 it was Android M, which became Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
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
It’ll definitely be interesting to hear some time soon as to why the change was made. A great guess has been made so far that it’s very possible that Google made this change to be able to show off and test their self-driving vehicles. It’ll be much easier to do this in Mountain View than it would be around the Moscone Center as that could be a total nightmare for several reasons.
Another thing that will be of interest is if there will be any announcements or mention of Android and Chrome OS joining together as that has been rumored for quite some time now and if it’s going to happen, Google I/O is probably the place it would be mentioned in an official way.
Are you planning on trying to attend Google I/O 2016 and if so, let me know in the comments below what all you are hoping will be announced and/or introduced at Google’s biggest conference of the year.