Google's fans, investors and developers alike will be watching the Mountain View, Calif. While I/O is primarily aimed at programmers, Google usually takes the opportunity to make big announcements about its major products and projects. This is also the first I/O since former product chief Sundar Pichai was made the company's CEO in a major restructuring last year. Here's a look at some of the news we're expecting to see when Google kicks off the conference on May 18. The highlight of the event will be Wednesday's keynote, set for 10 a.m.
Google is set to bring updates to many of its product lines at this year's I/O developer conference Google's annual developer conference I/O (short for "input/output" in computer science lingo) is set to take place this year in Mountain View, California from Wednesday, May 18, through Friday, May 20. And with the arrival of the conference comes the possibility of new products from the search company. While Google is known for releasing products and updates throughout the year, some of its biggest releases are often saved for the I/O conference. Last year's Google I/O 2015 brought fans Android M, Google Cardboard on the iPhone, and Now On Tap -- a smartphone feature that surfaces the right information at the right time. We can't know for sure what the company (which is now technically a subsidiary of the larger conglomerate known as Alphabet) will announce, but some hints have dropped.
The venue for this year's annual developer's conference, Shoreline Amphitheater, is not only bigger than past event spaces, it's also located smack-dab in the middle of the Silicon Valley, wedged right in between NASA Ames and Google's own headquarters in Mountain View. But it's not just the venue that's changed. At this year's I/O, Google will present itself as a branch of its parent company, Alphabet, rather than its own all-encompassing entity. And while there may be plenty of sessions devoted to Android development across phones, the living room, and auto, they'll sit alongside other workshops covering Google's peripheral projects. Indeed, the focus on virtual reality looks to be intense.
Google I/O 2016, the company's annual developer conference, is moving to Mountain View, California, this year, which means it's right in Google's backyard -- one of the few places its driverless cars are regular sights on the road. But don't get too excited. The conference, which begins Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. Pacific Time with the opening keynote and runs through Friday, includes no mention of Google's autonomous driving project in the official schedule, so the vehicles' presence at the conference will likely be limited to, at best, a mere mention, or just a sighting here and there. SEE ALSO: Google to pay Arizona folks 20 an hour to'drive' its self-driving cars What the schedule does include, however, is a whole lot more.
Google's annual developers conference, Google I/O, kicks off Wednesday, offering a small glimpse into the inner workings of the world's largest company. While the broader event is very focused on the in-the-weeds, practical improvements Google is making to its software and hardware, there are likely some big announcements to come. Google chief executive Sundar Pichai is set to open the conference with his keynote at 1 p.m. Eastern. Pichai has been a fixture on the I/O stage in the past. But this will be his first time playing host as Google's CEO, since Google became part of a larger company called Alphabet in October.