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Google I/O
Google IO logo.svg
Date(s) May - June (2-3 days)
Begins 7-8AM
Ends 3-10PM
Frequency Annual
Location(s) 2008-2015: San Francisco, CA, USA
2016-2018: Mountain View, CA, USA
Founded 28 May 2008
Most recent 17 May 2017[1]
Next event 8 May 2018
Participants 5000 (est.)
Organized by Google
Google I/O 2008

Google I/O (simply I/O) is an annual developer conference held by Google in San Francisco, California. I/O showcases technical in-depth sessions focused on building web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open sources such as Android, Chrome and Chrome OS, APIs, Google Web Toolkit, App Engine, and more.

I/O was inaugurated in 2008, and is organized by the executive team. "I/O" stands for input/output, as well as the slogan "Innovation in the Open".[2] The event's format is similar to Google Developer Day.

Sundar Pichai at Google I/O 2015
Sundar Pichai at the Google I/O 2017 Keynote
Google I/O 2017 Android Fireside Chat


Year Date Location Announcements Hardware Information
2008 May 28–29 Moscone Center Android

App Engine


Maps API


Web Toolkit

None Speakers were:


2009 May 27–28 AJAX APIs


App Engine




Web Toolkit

HTC Magic Speakers were:
  • Aaron Boodman
  • Adam Feldman
  • Adam Schuck
  • Alex Moffat
  • Alon Levi
  • Andrew Bowers
  • Andrew Hatton
  • Anil Sabharwal
  • Arne Roonman-Kurrik
  • Ben Collins-Sussman
  • Jacob Lee
  • Jeff Fisher
  • Jeff Ragusa
  • Jeff Sharkey
  • Jeffrey Sambells
  • Jerome Mouton
  • Jesse Kocher


2010 May 19–20 APIs


App Engine





Social Web



HTC Evo 4G

Motorola Droid

Nexus One

Speakers were:
  • Aaron Koblin
  • Adam Graff
  • Adam Nash
  • Adam Powell
  • Adam Schuck
  • Alan Green
  • Albert Cheng
  • Albert Wenger
  • Alex Russell
  • Alfred Fuller
  • Amit Agarwal
  • Amit Kulkarni
  • Amit Manjhi
  • Amit Weinstein
  • Andres Sandholm
  • Angus Logan
  • Arne Roonmann-Kurrik
  • Bart Locanthi
  • Ben Appleton
  • Ben Chang
  • Ben Collins-Sussman


2011 May 10–11 Android

Chrome and Chrome OS

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Series 5 Chromebook

Verizon MiFi

The afterparty hosted Jane's Addiction.


2012 June 27–29 Android


  • 310 million users announcement
  • Chrome for Android is stable
  • iOS app

Compute Engine


  • Offline editing


  • App for iOS
  • SDK (v.2)



  • 425 million users announcement


  • Hangouts app and metrics
  • Platform for Mobile with SDKs and APIs


  • Offline for Android
  • Enhanced maps in API
  • Transit data in API



  • Updated 720p HD API
  • Heat maps and symbols in API
  • Updated Android app
Galaxy Nexus

Nexus 7

Nexus Q


Extended the I/O conference from the usual two-day schedule to three days. There was no keynote on the final day.

The afterparty hosted Paul Oakenfold and Train. [10][11][12]

2013 May 15–17 Android

App Engine


  • Redesign with photo and sharing emphasis


  • Updated IM platform


  • Redesign on web and Android



Chromebook Pixel The amount of time for all the $900 (or $300 for school students and faculty) tickets to sell out was 49 minutes, even when registrants had both Google+ and Wallet accounts by requirement.

There were a fleet of remote-controlled blimpsstreaming a bird's-eye view of I/O.

The afterparty hosted Billy Idol. [13][11][14]

2014 June 25–26 Android


  • Improvements

Google Fit


  • API
LG G Watch

Samsung Gear Live

Moto 360

Google Cardboard

The Moto 360 was made available to attendees by shipping it afterwards.[15]
2015 May 28–29 Android


  • Custom tabs


  • Inbox availability for everyone


  • Offline mode



  • Reduction in voice error
  • Context improvements



  • "About" tabs for developer pages
  • A/B listings
  • Store listing experiments
  • "Family Star" badge

Project Brillo

Nexus 9

Improved Google Cardboard

Marshmallow includes new feature such as:
  • App permission controls
  • Native fingerprint recognition.
  • "Deep sleep", a mode which puts the device to sleep for power saving.
  • USB-C support
  • Deep-linking app support, which leads verified app URLs to the app in the Play store.

Android Wear adds:

  • "Always on" extension to apps
  • Wrist gestures

Nanodegree is an Android course on Udacity

Project Brillo is a new operating system for the Android-based Internet of things. Project Weave is a common language for IoT devices to communicate [16][17]

2016 May 17–19 Shoreline Amphitheatre Allo






Play integration with Chrome OS

None Sundar Pichai moved Google I/O to Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA for the first time. Attendees were given sunglasses and sunscreen due to the amphitheater's outside conditions, however many attendees were sunburned so the talks were relatively short.[18]

Android Instant Apps is a code path that downloads a part of an app instead of accessing a web app, which allows links to load apps on-demand without installation. This was shown with the B&H app.[19] Android support for VR was shown with Daydream.[20]

Firebase, a mobile application platform, now adds storage, reporting and analytics.[21] [22][23]

The inaugural Google Play Awards were presented to the year's best apps and games in ten categories.[24]

2017 May 17–19 Android Oreo


Google Home Project Treble is an Android Oreo feature that modularizes the OS so carriers can update their smartphones easier.[26]

Google Assistant became available on iOS devices.[27]

A new standalone (in-built) virtual reality system to be made by the HTC Vive team and Lenovo.[28]

Flutter is a cross-platform mobile development framework that enables fast development of apps across iOS and Android.[29]

2018 May 8–10


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  2. ^ "Four things to expect from Google's upcoming I/O conference". 2016-05-16. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 
  3. ^ "2008 Google I/O Session Videos and Slides". 
  4. ^ Google I/O 2009
  5. ^ Google I/O 2010
  6. ^ Google I/O 2011
  7. ^ Google I/O: The Android Story Red Monk, May 12, 2011
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  9. ^ "Google Taps Amazon to Distribute Free Chromebooks to I/O Attendees". Dow Jones & Company Inc. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
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  15. ^ "Cardboard". Google Developers. Google. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "Registration". Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  17. ^ "Mark Your Calendars—Google I/O 2015 Is Happening On May 28th And 29th". Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  18. ^ "Google I/O 2016: AI, VR Get Day In The Sun". Information Week. 
  19. ^ "Android Instant Apps will blur the lines between apps and mobile sites". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2016-05-18. 
  20. ^ Robertson, Adi (2016-05-18). "Daydream is Google's Android-powered VR platform". The Verge. Retrieved 2016-05-18. 
  21. ^ Miller, Paul (18 May 2016). "Google's Firebase cleans up the mess Facebook left by killing Parse". 
  22. ^ Google I/O 2016 in pictures: What happens when you make nerds go outside Ars Technica, May 20, 2016
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  25. ^ "Google Lens". gadgetsndtv. Retrieved 1 September 2017. 
  26. ^ Novet, Jordan (2017-01-25). "Google I/O 2017 Dates Announced May 17-19 in Mountain View Again". Venture Beat. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  27. ^ Garun, Natt (May 17, 2017). "Hey Siri, Google Assistant is on the iPhone now". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  28. ^ "Google Announces Standalone Headset to be Made by HTC and Lenovo". VRFocus. 2017-05-17. Retrieved 2017-05-17. 
  29. ^ "Google's "Fuchsia" smartphone OS dumps Linux, has a wild new UI". Ars Technica. 

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