Skip to main content

Google I/O returns as an in-person event on May 11-12

Google I/O, the tech giant’s largest annual developer’s conference, will return as an in-person event at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, from May 11-12. Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai made the announcement on Twitter on Wednesday.

The conference won’t be a fully in-person event, however. The event will be held fully online, with most of it being livestreamed in front of a limited live theater audience, much like Apple’s Peek Performance event last week. According to a Google statement shared with Axios’ chief technology correspondent Ina Fried, that limited audience “will primarily be Googlers, as well as some partners.”

We'll be back live from Shoreline Amphitheatre for this year's #GoogleIO! Join us online May 11-12 https://t.co/KgNKbaLeym pic.twitter.com/NUodJb7UCi

— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) March 16, 2022

According to the company’s FAQ page, Google I/O is completely free, so everyone will be able to watch the event if they want to. Registration for the event is also free, and it will open up later this month.

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Google to completely cancel the Google I/O conference to protect its employees and audiences who registered for the event — it even went so far as to cancel the online version of the conference. Last year, the conference returned in a fully digital format, which automatically sent invitations to those who originally registered to attend the 2020 event. Although people missed attending the event in person, they were still able to catch some of the best tech announcements, including Android 12 and its Material You design, Google’s collaboration with Samsung to create the unified Wear platform (formerly known as Wear OS), and an immersive videoconferencing experience courtesy of Project Starline, which is used exclusively in Google offices.

What kind of exciting new Android products will Google announce at this year’s Google I/O conference? We’re going to have to hold our breath for the next two months. In any case, it’s nice to see that the pandemic has waned enough for the conference to come back to its in-person format — at least in a limited capacity.

Editors' Recommendations

Our 5 favorite iPhone and Android apps by Black developers
An iPhone with apps from Black developers downloaded on it.

As we wrap up the celebration of 2023's Black History Month, it remains important to recognize and appreciate the contributions that Black people have made in various fields, including technology and the smartphone apps we use every day. From social media platforms to productivity tools, Black developers and other people of color have worked hard to create innovative, useful, and just plain fun apps.

Here, we're focusing on five helpful apps developed by Black people that you should check out. These iPhone and Android apps range from ones that help you discover and support Black-owned businesses to ones that provide legal assistance in case of an emergency to ones that curate and highlight sources of news and entertainment by Black creators.
We Read Too

Read more
Google just announced 9 new features for your Android phone and watch
Samsung Galaxy S23 showing Google Photos

Google has announced some big new features coming to Android and Wear OS devices during the Mobile World Congress 2023 event in Barcelona, Spain. These new features are beginning to roll out starting today, February 27, with others to come later.
New Android features available starting February 27

Google Drive users will now be able to do freehand annotation on Android phones and tablets. This means you are now able to use a stylus or your fingers to annotate PDFs directly in the Google Drive app on Android.

Read more
The Pixel 7’s best camera trick is coming to the iPhone and all Android phones
Erasing items in Magic Eraser.

The Google Pixel series of phones, specifically the Pixel 6 and Pixel 7, have an exclusive feature called Magic Eraser. With Magic Eraser, you can get rid of unwanted objects in a photo, such as people in the background or things like power lines. As of today, Magic Eraser is becoming available to all Android phones and iPhone users through Google One.

Magic Eraser debuted on the Pixel 6 lineup, which includes the Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and the more affordable Pixel 6a, which is still available to purchase (the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro have been discontinued). If you have a Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro, you also have the Magic Eraser feature. One of the reasons I had always wanted a Pixel device is because of Magic Eraser, and it is something that I desperately wished Apple would implement.

Read more