Google I/O 2016 Dev Conference Set for May 18-20 in Mountain View

The annual Google I/O developer conference will be held May 18-20 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, Calif., Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced today. The venue is in the same city as Google?EU?s headquarters. The three-day conference will provide a window into developer content, code labs, and other areas, Pichai wrote in a post on Google Plus.

This marks the first time the I/O conference will be held in a city other than San Francisco since the first Google I/O event in 2008. The Shoreline facility can hold about four times as many people as San Francisco's Moscone Center, where the conference was held last year. Developers unable to attend can stream the show online, and smaller developer conferences will be held in other cities, according to Pichai.

What?EU?s To Come

The I/O conference has become a guide to what can be expected from Google in the coming year, especially when it comes to Google?EU?s Android mobile operating system. At the 2015 conference, Google introduced Android M, which went to market under the name Marshmallow.

There?EU?s speculation that this year Google might unveil Android N. Rumored features in the new mobile OS include support for split screen and multi-window capability, along with pressure sensitivity and battery management, two features that were planned for Marshmallow but abandoned late in the development process. Pichai (pictured) has said that the name of the new Android OS might be determined via an online poll.

We reached out to Michael Facemire, an analyst at Forrester Research Inc., who told us that Android will likely be a big part of the developer conference.

"It will be interesting to see what changes are planned for Android," said Facemire. "Android has seen a lot of consolidation on the development side, so I?EU?m eager to see how that?EU?s presented."

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