Google I/O 2014 Theme Unveiled: 'Design, Develop, Distribute'
The Google I/O developers conference is arguably the most important and hotly awaited Google developer event of the spring. Once the event begins, Google will again broadcast a live stream of the conference keynote and its sessions so that developers who can't attend can still have access to the goings-on. Interested developers will also be able to attend an "I/O Extended" event near them, where groups gather in their own local communities to watch the Webcasts of the conference together. Details on these features will come later, according to Google. The 2014 conference will be held June 25-26 at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco. As the conference gets nearer, developers will also be able to follow the event on the Google Developers Google+ page and on the Google Developers Blog. General admission tickets to the event are $900, while academic admission tickets are $300. Tickets must be purchased using a Google Wallet account and sign-in must be done using a Google+ account. Registrants need to provide a credit card number when they sign up, but the card will not be charged unless the applicant is randomly selected for a ticket, according to Google.In 2012, Google I/O was the stuff of legend, featuring the introduction of Google Glass, with an amazing live-video stunt with parachutists from an airship wearing Google Glass headsets landing on the Moscone West rooftop and repelling, bicycling and running into the conference to the cheers of thousands in order to give the wearable computers to Google co-founder Sergey Brin—who was already wearing one himself. Google also unveiled not one, but two new devices, the Nexus 7 tablet and the Nexus Q home cloud-based home entertainment hub (ill-fated, as it turned out), along with a bevy of new software and developer tools. The 2012 new products included the Jelly Bean version of Android.
At the 2013 Google I/O event, Google unveiled its first-ever Google Play music subscription service that allows users to access all the music in Google's collection on the fly and add it to their personal collections. Also announced were Google Play game saving and sharing services, new APIs for Android that allow developers to create apps that can be restricted to specific locations, and tools that will help developers improve the sales and marketing of their apps for Android.