At last, one of the most anticipated high technology conferences is about to begin. Google I/O is not your run-of-the-mill consumer grade conference or trade-show, this is a gathering of the minds.
Stop right there and get me straight to the liveblog!
Here, developers from all over the world gather to learn and share their ideas within the open environment of the Android mobile operating system, Chrome OS, and a host of other environments that Google has created and dominates.
What can we expect to be unveiled at the conference this year? Frankly, we are not certain. The rumors have been pushing in every direction so much so that at this point, we are certain at least some of the keynote will take us by surprise.
The conference has only one keynote address this year, and it will be kicking off three days of Google I/O. That said, the keynote is scheduled to last about two-and-a-half hours, so we are definitely going to be treated to some great information. Plus, in some of the media prep materials Google is sending out, there will be a device lounge so if there are any new hardware announcements we will be sure to bring them your way.
Once the presentation is over, keep checking in with PhoneArena.com as we will provide up-close photos and hands-on of any new hardware and we will also showcase new features that are coming to Android, Chrome and the Google experience overall.
In the meantime, keep your browser pointed right here as we cover the event live! The Google I/O Keynote event is scheduled to begin at 9:00am PT | 11:00am CT | 12:00 Noon ET | 5:00pm GMT!
Live event tracker
|14:31||And that's a wrap guys. Thanks for being with us, we hope you enjoyed the keynote!|
|14:31||It wasn't a very satisfying answer, but it'll have to do.|
|14:30||... excited about technology.|
|14:30||When asked why there aren't many that many women around (standing for a 'tech environment), we have to start early in getting women...|
|14:22||Larry gets asked about the lack of support for paid apps in some countries. He says that he hopes it's a very temporary problem.|
|14:19||Basically, Larry believes that technologists should try to be just a bit "crazy", should think out-of-the-box whatever they are doing.|
|14:16||Larry says that he encourages "non-incremental thinking". He says that they should always think about any core problems in any given area...|
|14:15||Larry has been asked to give an advice to young technologists.|
|14:04||Asked about freedom of speech on the internet, Larry says that Google is doing whatever it can to protect that, as well as privacy.|
|13:59||Larry think that sensors will help companies improve user experience by letting software and UI get out of the way.|
|13:58||First question is about Google Glass and its sensor. Larry says that mobile's been a great learning experience.|
|13:56||"We're working on platforms enabling your innovations." Now Larry is going to be answering questions from the public.|
|13:56||"Today we're still just scratching the surface of what's possible. That's why I'm so excited."|
|13:55||"We need more people with science degrees..." "That's why we got involved with the movie The Internship"|
|13:54||"Sergey and I talk a lot about cars. You know he's working on self-driving cars."|
|13:53||"Very long time ago, all of humanity was basically farming or hunting all the time."|
|13:52||"Being negative is not how we make progress."|
|13:51||"I'm amazed... everyday I come to work, the list of things to do is longer than the day before."|
|13:51||"The opportunities we have are tremendous. We've not seen such a change in computing since the start. Since the birth of the PC."|
|13:49||"I'm tremendously excited about all the innovation that we're bringing to life."|
|13:49||"We use tablets, phones, laptops, and even the Google Glass... That's why we put so much focus on our platforms - Android and Chrome."|
|13:47||When he was young, Larry's dad took him to a robotics conference and successfully managed to get him in, even though he was underaged.|
|13:46||"I'm really excited to be here and first I'm going start with a story."|
|13:45||And here comes Larry Page, Google CEO.|
|13:44||maps.google.com/preview - there you'll be able to get an invite for the new Google Maps for desktop.|
|13:36||Maps is going to remember the important places to you, and every time you log in, it'll display them. Personalized for every user.|
|13:34||We're now getting introduced to the new Maps UI for desktop.|
|13:31||The new Google Maps will be available this summer.|
|13:30||Google Maps will also have a brand new tablet interface, smartly taking advantage of the larger canvas.|
|13:29||For example, if an incident has happened on the road while you're using navigation, Maps will automatically suggest a reroute.|
|13:29||Incident alerts and dynamic rerouting are also coming to the next version of Google Maps for mobile.|
|13:27||They have also integrated a new Offers experience. It shows stuff like deals on certain products from businesses that you're searching for.|
|13:26||Zagat is now integrated with Google Maps, providing business scores.|
|13:26||You can easily swipe between POIs that you've searched for.|
|13:24||Next version of Google Maps is coming to both Android and iOS. New UI incoming.|
|13:22||Oh, here comes Daniel Graf who'll talk about the next generation of Maps for mobile.|
|13:22||Nothing that interesting here for end-customers.|
|13:17||He's going to talk about the future of Maps.|
|13:16||Brian McClendon, head of Google Maps, is now on stage.|
|13:14||Amit is back on stage to wrap the Search announcements up.|
|13:08||Voice search on desktop will be initiated by saying "OK, Google..."|
|13:07||The service works flawlessly so far.|