Google Launches Its Google I/O 2014 Developers Conference Website
On-site participants will be able to build, test and deploy new apps with the help of Google staffers, and will be able to explore and play with interactive experiences built with Google technologies in sandbox development areas. General admission tickets to the event are $900, while academic admission tickets are $300. The registration application process will open at 8 a.m. EDT on April 8, with applications being accepted until 8 p.m. EDT on April 10. Google "will randomly select applicants after the window closes on the 10th and notify those selected with their ticket purchase confirmations via email. Qualified registration applicants will be selected at random for ticket assignments. The order in which registration applications are received has no bearing on the final outcome." The Google I/O events are always awaited by developers, where they can hear the latest news about the company's innovations and platforms.Also announced were major updates for Google Maps and Google Search, with Maps receiving a more interactive look and Search gaining speech recognition capabilities that will allow users to "talk" back and forth during searches. 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's 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.