Google recently announced that its I/O developer conference is coming up in May 2021 following its cancellation in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And guess what? The conference will be a completely virtual event.
Revealed via Google’s cryptic I/O puzzle and published on Twitter by CEO Sundar Pichai, Google has announced that the 2021 I/O developer conference will take place between May 18 to 20, 2021. The event, which will be an online-only event, is completely free for anyone to attend.
An I/O developer conference is an annual event where Android developers and others learn about the latest software developments, products, and hardware from Google. Google’s I/O event had always been a massive in-person conference, where lots of consumers, developers, and journalists usually head to the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California at Google’s headquarters.
However, things are different now. Due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020, Google initially announced the cancellation of the physical I/O event and tried to set up some kind of virtual event last year.
Nevertheless, the handling of last year’s I/O event went a bit messy and Google eventually cancelled the conference barely a month later. Google decided to plan its 2021 I/O conference as a virtual event in May this year due to the COVID-19 restrictions on large events. The conference will take place from May 18th till 20th and will be free for everyone to attend.
How to Attend the Conference?
An official website is now live for the 2021Google I/O developer conference, where the prospective participants can register for the event using their Google account. According to Google, attendees can participate in “reserve Workshops and Ask Me Anything Sessions (AMAs) that are live-streamed and available in multiple time zones.”
What to Expect at the Conference?
At this year’s Google I/O 2021, participants will be given badges and personal event suggestions. They will also have the ability to chat in what is called “I/O Adventure.” The company is also expected to announce the major new features of the Android OS version 12 at the conference. To date, Google has only released the preview of the latest Android version to registered developers and may likely use this I/O conference to officially launch the beta version of Android 12. Google may also talk about the rumoured Pixel 5a and Pixel Buds A at the event.
According to the website’s FAQ section, this year’s conference will feature meetups, workshops, both consumer and developer-focused keynotes, AMAs, technical sessions, and lots more. But beyond all these, the event is worth attending to see what’s in store. The full schedule of the conference will be released later this month.