The countdown is on, we have just over a week till Google IO 2012 kicks off in San Francisco. We should hopefully get a glimpse of things to come in Android. To help you keep track of all the goings on of the event Google has supplied an official app. The app is designed to work on Android 2.2+ but they advise that devices running Android 3.0+ will be able to watch the IO streams live.
The app is pretty full featured as you can see :
- View the conference agenda and edit your personal schedule
- View detailed session, code lab, and speaker information, including speaker bios, photos, and Google+ profiles
- +1 sessions right from the app
- Participate in public #io2012 conversations on Google+
- Guide yourself using the conference map
- Get a reminder a few minutes before sessions in your schedule are due to start
- View information about companies in the Developer Sandbox
- Keep up with announcements from the I/O team during the conference
- View your schedule on your Android 3.0+ device’s home screen using an app widget
- Play back “I/O Live” session video streams on your Android 3.0+ devices
- Automatically sync sessions in your schedule to your Android 4.0 device’s calendar
- Beam session details from your Android 4.0, NFC-enabled device to another using Android Beam
The app has been built by Google’s Roman Nurik with incorporates all their best practices and recommendations in terms of programming an app and of course this being Google they are going to open source the code for the app as soon as the event is over.
There are a number of sessions I’m interested to see streamed apart from the keynote and of course we’re all interested to see if a Nexus 7 tablet is announced, so check out the app in the Google Play store. Finally, one last plea to Google Australia : The Ausdroid Team are all on standby if you want to fly us out to Google IO.