Google I/O

Google I/O
File:Google IO Logo.png
Google I/O logo
Frequency Annual
Venue Moscone Center
Location(s) San Francisco, CA, USA
Founded 28 May 2008
Most recent 28 May 2015
Next event TBA
Participants 5000
Organized by Google

Google I/O is an annual software developer-focused conference held by Google in San Francisco, California. Google I/O features highly technical, in-depth sessions focused on building web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open web technologies such as Android, Chrome, Chrome OS, Google APIs, Google Web Toolkit, App Engine, and more.

Google I/O was started in 2008. The "I" and "O" stand for input/output, and "Innovation in the Open". The format of the event is similar to that of the Google Developer Day.

2008 (May 28–29, 2008)

2009 (May 27–28, 2009)

  • The major themes were Android, App Engine, Chrome, Google Web Toolkit, OpenSocial, Google AJAX APIs, and Google Wave.
  • Speakers included Aaron Boodman, Adam Feldman, Adam Schuck, Alex Moffat, Alon Levi, Andrew Bowers, Andrew Hatton, Anil Sabharwal, Arne Roomann-Kurrik, Ben Collins-Sussman, Ben Galbraith, Ben Lisbakken, Brad Chen, Brady Forrest, Brandon Barber, Brett Slatkin, Brian Fitzpatrick, Brian McRae, Bruce Johnson, Casey Whitelaw, Charles McCathieNevile, Charles Chen, Chewy Trewhalla, Chris Chabot, Chris DiBona, Chris Mertens, Chris Nesladek, Chris Pruett, Chris Schalk, Cody Simms, Cyrus Mistry, Damon Lundin, Dan Bornstein, Dan Holevoet, Dan Morrill, Dan Peterson, Daniel Jefferies, Daniel S. Wilkerson, Dave Bort, Dave Carroll, Dave Day, Dave Peck, David King, David Sehr, David Sparks, DeWitt Clinton, Derek Collison, Dhanji Prasanna, Dion Almaer, Don Schwarz, Eric Bidelman, Eric Sachs, Gerardo Capiel, Gregg Tavares, Guido van Rossum, Guillaume Laforge, Henry Chan, Ian Fette, Iein Valdez, Itai Raz, Jacob Lee, Jeff Fisher, Jeff Ragusa, Jeff Sharkey, Jeffrey Sambells, Jerome Mouton, Jesse Kocher, et al.[2]

Hardware give-aways to attendees:

2010 (May 19–20, 2010)

  • The major themes were Android, App Engine, Chrome, Enterprise, Geo, Google APIs, Google TV, Google Web Toolkit, Social Web, and Google Wave.
  • Speakers included Aaron Koblin, Adam Graff, Adam Nash, Adam Powell, Adam Schuck, Alan Green, Albert Cheng, Albert Wenger, Alex Russell, Alfred Fuller, Amit Agarwal, Amit Kulkarni, Amit Manjhi, Amit Weinstein, Anders Sandholm, Angus Logan, Anne Veling, Arne Roomann-Kurrik, Bart Locanthi, Ben Appleton, Ben Cheng, Ben Collins-Sussman, et al.[3]

Hardware give-aways to attendees:

2011 (May 10–11, 2011)

The main theme of the first day was Android, of the second - Chrome and Chrome OS.[4]

Main Android announcements:

  • Google Music - A wireless music streaming service somewhat akin to Amazon Cloud Player and Spotify
  • Honeycomb update 3.1 - To allow honeycomb devices to directly transfer content from USB devices
  • Ice Cream Sandwich - Merging Honeycomb and Gingerbread into a unified OS

Main Chrome and Chrome OS announcements:

Hardware give-aways to attendees:

2012 (June 27–29, 2012)

It was held at Moscone Center West in San Francisco and was extended to three days, instead of the regular two.[7]

Google gave away the following hardware to attendees:

Day 1

The main topics throughout the day were Android, Google+ and Project Glass. A keynote was held on this day.[8]

Official announcements included the following:

  • Android 4.1 ("Jelly Bean")
  • Introduction of the Nexus 7[9]
  • Introduction of the Nexus Q
  • Project Glass
  • Android surpasses 400 million activations worldwide
  • In-App Payments: new pricing and subscription options for integrating Google Wallet
  • Offline maps for Android
  • Version 2 of the Google Drive SDK
  • Google+ Hangout apps and metrics
  • New 3D Imagery for Google Earth for Android
  • New and updated showing 720p HD quality YouTube API's
  • Public transit data now included in Google Maps API
  • Updated YouTube app for Android

Day 2

The main topics throughout the day were Google Chrome and Project Glass. A second (and final) keynote was held on this day.[8]

Official announcements included the following:

Official releases included the following:

Day 3

Official announcements included the following:

  • Mobile App Analytics

Official releases included the following:

2013 (May 15–17, 2013)

Google I/O 2013 was held at the Moscone Center, San Francisco. Announcements of updates for Android, Chrome OS, Google Chrome and other services were expected during the conference.[10] The registration opened on March 13, 2013 at 7:00 AM PDT (GMT-7).[8] It took only 49 minutes for all the $900 (or $300 for school students and faculty) tickets to get sold out, even with the added requirement that registrants must have both Google+ and Google Wallet accounts.[11]

There was a fleet of remote-controlled blimps, equipped with camera, streaming a bird's-eye view inside Google I/O, live on

Day 1

Announcements and introductions:

Day 2

The main themes of the day were Google Glass apps and Google+ Development.

Hardware give-away to attendees:

2014 (June 25-26, 2014)

Google I/O 2014 was held at the Moscone Center, San Francisco.


Google gave away the following hardware to attendees:

2015 (May 28-29, 2015)

Registration began on March 27, 2015 at 9:00AM PDT and closed on March 29, 2015 at 5:00PM PDT.[13] It will again be held at the Moscone Center, San Francisco.[14]

Some of the major highlights included the following:

  1. Android M. The next iteration of Android OS which includes new features such as:
    • Granular app permission controls.
    • Native finger-print scanning.
    • "Deep sleep" mode when the device is not being used which allows for better power saving.
    • Support for USB Type C.
    • App deep linking. Android will now directly open links to apps that are verified to "own" the URL.
    • Auto-backup for apps.
  2. Android Pay.
  3. Android Wear.
    • "Always on" time now extending to apps.
    • Wrist gestures.
  4. Chrome Custom tabs.
  5. Google Maps Offline.
  6. Google Photos.
    • A new app that allows photos and videos to be synced across all devices.
    • Pinch-to-expand which increades time-frame between photos taken.
    • Uses machine learning to automatically group photos based on their contents.
    • Unlimited storage for 16MP photos and 1080p videos.
  7. Google Play Store.
    • Developer "About" pages.
    • A/B app listings.
    • Play Store listing experiments.
    • "Family Star" badge.
  8. Inbox availability for everyone.
  9. Google Now. Focus on understanding the context and reducing voice recognition error rate.
  10. Nanodegree. Android course on Udacity.
  11. Project Brillo and Project Weave.
    • Project Brillo is a new operating system for The Internet of Things (IOT) based on Android.
    • Project Weave is a common language that allows the devices of IOT to communicate with each other.

Hardware give-aways to attendees:[15]

  1. A HTC Nexus 9 tablet.
  2. A new Google Cardboard that works with phones up to 6 inches, including Apple iPhones, and has a physical button, instead of the magnet on last years model.


  1. ^ Google I/O 2008
  2. ^ Google I/O 2009
  3. ^ Google I/O 2010
  4. ^ Google I/O 2011
  5. ^ "Google gives away 5,000 Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets to devs at I/O". AOL Inc. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Google Taps Amazon to Distribute Free Chromebooks to I/O Attendees". Dow Jones & Company Inc. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Google I/O 2012 extended to three days from June 27-29, 2012 - The official Google Code blog". 2011-11-28. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  8. ^ a b c "Google I/O 2013". Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  9. ^ "Google I/O 2012 : Day 1". Gadgetronica. 2012-06-28. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  10. ^ Murph, Darren (2012-12-04). "Google I/O 2013 dates announced: starts May 15th, registration to open early next year". Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  11. ^ Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 (2013-03-13). "Google I/O 2013 Registration Sells Out In 49 Minutes As Users Report Problems Early On Making Payments". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  12. ^ "Cardboard". Google Developers. Google. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Registration". Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  14. ^ "Mark Your Calendars—Google I/O 2015 Is Happening On May 28th And 29th". Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  15. ^ Brownlee, John (29 May 2015). "Google I/O Was Boring This Year, And That's Okay". Fast Company. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 

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