Google has announced that the I / O Developer Conference will return this year as a virtual event. The show had to be canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starts May 18 to May 20 and will give Google the opportunity to showcase Android 12 – plus what else the company has in store. The Google I / O 2021 website is now live, where consumers and developers can sign up for the event. According to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, this year’s event will be free for all.
The virtual event will consist of everything you expect from a personal conference, including consumer- and developer-focused key tips, workshops, AMAs and more. Google said a full schedule for I / O 2021 will be posted later this month, so stay tuned. Technical sessions and headphones will be available as needed, while registration is required for things like workshops and meetings.
… and we̵7;re back 🙂 Join May 18th – 20th for #GoogleIO live, online and free for everyone. https://t.co/763eVjWpYE pic.twitter.com/Sk3tUnLme0
– Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) April 7, 2021
Chances are high that Google will take the time to share more information about Android 12, which was announced in February. While there is much we still do not know about the software, we uncovered many changes in the first preview of developers, which revealed features such as easier WiFi sharing, AVIF image support and more.
It is also rumored that Google is working on cheaper Pixel Buds and Pixel 5a – both of which can debut at I / O 2021. We have seen both devices break the cover on more than one occasion in recent weeks, so an announcement next month seems like a safe bet . We will keep an eye on these products as the conference approaches.
Google is not the first company to announce a virtual event for this year. Apple has already announced WWDC 2021 will take place in early June, while E3 will also return this summer in a virtual format.
While we wait for Google’s event to kick in, the search giant is challenging people to solve the I / O 2021 puzzle.