Google I/O First Sessions Announced

Google I/O is coming soon; May 18th is less than a month away. At their annual developer conference, Google announces new products, services, and APIs for developers. Beyond just that first exciting keynote, there are plenty of sessions led to Google members about their array of products. Attendees can attend these, learn more about specific technologies and improve their apps. There’ll be over 190 sessions in total, and the first set of hundred were just published on the Google I/O website. Taking a look at the sessions, you can see a range of sessions and technologies being showcased.

One of the bigger focuses is on VR this year, with Project Tango devices getting a few sessions. Also a notable annual event is “What’s New in Android”, the session that focuses on all of the new APIs and features in the latest version of Android. It’s one of the more newsworthy sessions where the speakers devote more time to each feature rather than rushing through a long list.

Android TV gets some love. A session Wednesday afternoon covers ExoPlayer, Google’s customizable media plyer. There’s another session on Friday called “Bring your app to Android TV in minutes” which covers adapting your app to the Leanback library and, as the title says, quickly get started with Android TV.

As was stated above, there’s many more sessions that haven’t been named yet. This is often the case when Google wants to keep sessions secret because they could leak information. They’ll give fake names or just not include them. For example, one session this year, “VR at Google“, contains the vague description “What we have built, what we have learned, and where we are headed.”. It’s likely that more sessions will appear before long. After all, there’s only one session on Android TV and none on Wear or Google Cast.

We’ll be covering news as it is released, and will be posting news at Google I/O as it happens.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub ( Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop. Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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