Microsoft Build Conference 2018 and will overlap it on two days since both are 3-day events.
This is the tenth edition of Google I/O and therefore you can expect grand announcements around new software releases, learn from insightful sessions, get exciting updates such as a walkthrough of the major changes that Gmail has gone through recently and a lot more.
Let’s cut to the chase and share some insightful details around the upcoming I/O Conference.
Some exciting themes to look forward to at the 2018 I/O conference include:
#1. Keynote address
Leading from the front on the opening day of I/O 2018 will be Google CEO Sundar Pichai who also heads product development, technology strategy as well as day-to-day operations for the search giant.
Google’s I/O keynote address will be followed by Codelabs.
There are over 100 new and updated Codelabs where attendees will get hands-on experience on latest Google technologies. There will be kiosks setup where anyone can code and try Google’s handy tutorials or even bring their own machine. If you feel you’re stuck somewhere, Google staff will help you out. That’s not it! You can even try Google’s online codelabs much ahead of the event which will help you get a firm grasp over the things that will be covered later via technical sessions. To take part in the online codelabs, visit
#3. App Review
Attendees will benefit from the expertise of Google accessibility experts who can help them with feedback on their mobile app through a range of assistive technologies available for testing today such as braille display and screen reader. It is important to note here that such app reviews will multiple Googlers will only be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Any attendee who submits a question at I/O will get a definite response after I/O over email.
#4. Office Hour
First released in 2015, Bazel is a free software tool that allows for automation of building software and helps in software testing. During this “Office Hour”, Android’s Bazel team will be there to take any questions from the attendees. Feel free to ask questions around best practices to build Android apps and how to scale it with Bazel. You can also learn how to do Android integration with Bazel.
Building Websites with AMP and PWA
For seamless user journeys across websites, the combination of AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) and PWA (Progressive Web App) is the need of the hour. Here you can get your questions answered directly from the team behind APIs like the <amp-install-serviceworker>. If you aren’t able to get your questions answered because of the time limit to take such questions, you can leave your questions using the Pixelbook available at the event and these will get answered via email after the I/O.
#5. Developer Keynote by Jason Titus
Gear up to hear an insightful developer from Jason Titus who is the Vice President for the Developer Product Group at Google. Prior to joining Google, Jason had worked as the Chief Technology Officer at Shazam and before that as the Vice President of Communications for Mail, Messenger, and PIM at Yahoo. He has extensive experience in the field of engineering, product management and design for large-scale consumer products.
#6. Meetup: Women Techmakers
The community lounge at the Google I/O 2018 event will host an exciting meetup for
women in tech.
Sessions at 2018 Google I/O Conference
Expect engaging sessions on a wide array of topics like mobile, web and enterprise applications along with updates on Google’s popular open source Android, Google App Engine, Google Toolkit, Chrome OS, etc.
Here’s a list of some of the sessions to watch out for on Day 1 of the Google I/O Developers Conference.
- What’s New in Android
- What’s New in Android Accessibility
- What’s New in Android TV
- What’s New in Firebase
- Build a powerful data backend for mobile and web
- Customize Material Components for your Product
- Effective Machine Learning using Cloud TPUs
- The Web: State of the Union
- Build with Google Play
Here’s a list of few exciting sessions that you can expect on Day 2 of the 2018 Google I/O Developers Conference.
- 5 Ways to Make your App More Successful with Firebase
- Best Practices to Design AR Applications
- Build Interactive Results for Google Search
- What’s New in Chrome DevTools
- What’s New in AR
- What’s New in Android Things
- Build Awesome Media Experiences on the Web
- Building the Future of Artificial Intelligence for Everyone
- Grow your App Business with New AdWords and AdMob Innovations
- Protips: A Fresh Look at Advanced Topics for Android Experts
Expect the following sessions at the final day of Google I/O 2018:
- AI Adventure: Art, Science and Tools of Machine Learning
- Building Health Technology
- Build Games for the Google Assistant
- Google Cloud Platform on a Shoestring Budget
- How to Kotlin – From the Lead Kotlin Language Designer
- The Future of Computing: A Conversation with John Hennessy
- What’s New in Android Security
- How AMP has Evolved Beyond Web Pages
- Integrate your Smart Home Devices with Google Assistant
- UX and APIs that Developers and Users Love
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schedule of the Google I/O 2018 Conference for more details.
Did you know that there are now 2-billion active Android devices as of today? This amazing fact was revealed on the first day of the 3-day Google I/O event held at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.
Here are some of the key highlights from I/O 2018:
#1. Artificial Intelligence
One of the key takeaways from Day 1 of the I/O was that Artificial Intelligence is now a key focus for the search giant.
Google announced a slew of AI features in several of its product offerings. One such announcement was the introduction of an exciting feature in Gmail called ‘Smart Compose’ which will use AI to suggest the remaining sentence as you type out a few words and thereby in a way write emails for you.
#2. Google Photos
With 500 million active users and 1.2 billion photos and videos uploaded on Google Photos, the app is coming up with an exciting new feature. Dubbed ‘Smart Share’, this feature will make suggestions on what kind of photos you must share and with whom.
#3. Overhaul of Google News
After much criticism especially around fake news, Google News is expected to undergo a major revamp. One of the key features which is set to roll out next week will be ‘briefings’ through which a Google News reader will get suggested news stories based on their search history and yes this is another example of the company is leveraging AI to improve its offerings.
#4. New and improved Google Assistant
Did you know that six new voices are coming to Google’s virtual assistant and one of the voices will be that of popular American singer-songwriter John Legend?
A growing library of interactive content, games, quizzes point to the fact that kids love to interact with Google Assistant. A new “Pretty Please” feature in the Google Assistant will call out good behaviour from kids i.e. when they use “please” and “thank you”.
Finally, you will be able to make phone calls using your Android device as well. Using a new calling technology called “Duplex”, an Android user can for instance make a call to a salon and then carry out a conversation to book the hair appointment.
#5. Exercising CSR in a novel way
While many companies splurge money or time of their employees to exercise their corporate social responsibility, Google has come out with a novel way to address the growing concern of “smartphone addiction”. The company plans to introduce a new feature on Android devices which will tell the user how much time they are spending on their devices, i.e. unlocking it or reading notifications.
#6. Improved Kotlin development experience
Did you know that Kotlin has emerged as one of the top 3 programming languages in the world as per the
2018 Stack Overflow Developer Survey? It was also revealed at I/O 2018 by Google that over a third of pro developers are using Kotlin and around 95 percent have reported satisfaction while using it.
Understandably, Kotlin was the focus at I/O 2018 thanks to Android KTX, a suite of Kotlin extensions and part of Android Jetpack.
#7. Augmented Images
You can now say goodbye to the clumsy “point and stay still” QR Codes thanks to an exciting feature announced at I/O 2018 was the introduction of Augmented Images on Google’s ARCore 1.2. As reported by Android Central, using Augmented Images developers can now make a movie poster and integrate it with the ARCore experience. A user can therefore point their phone to let the app recognize the images and start the experience on the phone. Developers can store reference points for up to 1000 images locally or even call out special images in real time.
First announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 at Barcelona, Flutter is the go-to framework to help developers build reactive mobile apps with ease. It is an open source cross-platform tool for mobile app development and currently available for iOS and Android mobile development.
At Google’s I/0 2018, Flutter was inducted as a Material Design component with an eye on helping developers create beautiful native mobile apps in no time.
“I’m incredibly excited to welcome Flutter into the official set of Material Design Components as a full-fledged peer to our Android, iOS and Web offerings. Flutter’s philosophy of flexible and adaptable widgets is a great fit for Material Theming, and Flutter’s ability for real time UI iteration is a game changer in the way we polish and refine designs.” – Matías Duarte, VP, Material Design
#9. TensorFlow Lite
TensorFlow Lite comes to the rescue of developers looking to deploy customized machine learning models to mobile devices. At Google I/o 2018, an attempt was made to train the attendees on the TensorFlow model and explain to them on how TensorFlow Lite can be used on mobile apps.
#10. Google Play Console
Did you know that more than 94 billion apps were installed from Google Play last year? This fact was revealed at the 2018 Google I/O event at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.
Now developers can do more from their Google Play Console because of a slew of new features announced to bolster the Google Play ecosystem and make it easier for developers to create apps that consumers latch on to.
Android App Bundle is a new app publishing format that lets developers package an app in an improved way. Using the App Bundle, you can deliver a great experience even on a smaller app size and without having to refactor your code.
Google I/O 2018 Keynote: