Google I/O traditionally has been the the time of the year where new Android announcements are made. We had the Google Play Music service as well as the Chromebook Pixel last year. The likes of Android ICS and the Galaxy Nexus which have now been seen as the critical point where Android turned the corner were the products of Google I/O.
The Google I/O 2014 would be held between June 24th and 26th but there is a twist this time if you wish to attend the conference. Sundar Pichai, the lead on Android has announced that this year unlike the year before, there will be lottery system adopted when selecting those who get to attend the event. All those who are interested in attending the I/O will have to fill up a registration form online, and once the registrations are in, there will be random pickings. This stems from the chaos that happened last year where Google I/O was sold out within minutes of registrations opening. Sundar also said that plans are in place for extended streaming of the event. This is what he had to say on his Google+ Page regarding Google I/O this year:
“Only 126 days until the 7th annual Google I/O, when we come together with amazing developers like you to talk about what’s next. On June 25-26, 2014, we’ll be broadcasting live from Moscone West. You can join us in person in San Francisco or remotely, via a live stream and through I/O Extended community events around the world.
More details to come next month, including registration info. In the meantime, you can check out highlights from last year at: https://developers.google.com/events/io/.
Also, quick note for those who want to join in person: this year we’re making some changes to registration, so you won’t need to scramble the second registration opens. We’ll be implementing a new system, where you can submit your interest to attend Google I/O 2014. Successful applicants will then be randomly selected and notified shortly thereafter. We’ll be following up with more details from +GoogleDevelopers, so stay tuned.”