Online visitors will be able to stream four channels of technical content to their computers, tablets or phones, wrote Winton. "You'll feel like you're right there in the keynote and session rooms, listening to product announcements straight from the source. Live streaming will run on developers.google.com/io from 9:00 a.m. PT (16:00 UTC) to 7 p.m. PT (2:00 UTC) on May 15 and 16." Also included will be exclusive interviews "with the Googlers behind the latest product announcements," he wrote.
Online visitors can even use Google's live blogging gadget to add the keynote live stream to their own sites or blogs, he wrote.
The rumors about the Google I/O conference have, of course, already begun. The first such rumor is that the present Google Maps on-screen interface will soon get a freshened look that will provide users with easier-to-find information as they search destinations and routes on the popular online map service. Rumors of the new Maps interface were published May 7 by the unofficial Google Operating System blog, which reported that "the update will remove the sidebar and will display everything on top of the full-screen map."
In addition, "one of the new features lets you restrict local search results to places recommended by top reviews or your Google+ circles," reported the site. "It's a more immersive interface that will probably work well on mobile devices. Instead of focusing on navigational elements, buttons and sidebars, the new Google Maps focuses on the map. Google has also updated map colors, icons, text styles."
Google recently released the first scant details about its upcoming Google I/O 2013 Developers Conference by posting a bare-bones schedule for its annual code and innovation love-in and training ground.
Highlighting the opening session on May 15 will be a long three-hour keynote session that will certainly set the stage for everything else to come at the event.
Also featured will be Women Techmakers sessions, Tech Talks, startup panels and introductions to Google's latest innovations, according to the schedule.
A series of Code Labs will also be held to let attendees get elbow-deep in code while learning from others who are already doing innovative things with code, according to Google. For those who can't attend this year's I/O 2013 event—which was sold out very soon after the approximately 5,500 tickets went on sale for $900 each on March 13—Google will again be broadcasting the sessions live online around the world to organized local viewing parties of developers. This is part of Google's I/O Extended efforts, which lets developers around the world witness the events remotely. Developers can check the schedule to find an I/O Extended event located near them.
At the 2012 I/O Conference last June, Google rolled out its Glass project, the latest Android Jelly Bean operating system, the Nexus 7 tablet and the Nexus Q Media Hub. The Nexus Q was a surprise announcement that introduced an entirely new small, bowling-ball-shaped media hub for the home controlled by an Android tablet or smartphone. Enhancements to Jelly Bean included improved performance; added search capabilities; voice typing that could be done offline; and an improved notifications interface that lets users respond to calendar reminders, emails and texts without having to open each of those applications.