Google I/O, the companies annual developer conference, kicks off in under 2-weeks. In advance of the start, Google has updated their official Google I/O app with a bunch of new features aimed at people attending the event both in person in Mountain View, as well as remotely from all around the world.
The app will track all the sessions across a variety of topics, tracks, throughout the three day event, which starts on May 18th. The tracks that Google will cover at the event include Android, Cloud, Games and what seems to be a major focus this year: Virtual Reality.
The Google I/O features ways to track and be reminded by the app when sessions begin, the app description includes these features:
- Explore the conference agenda, with details on themes, topics and speakers
- Add events to a personalized schedule
- Get reminders before events in your schedule start
- Watch the keynote and sessions live stream
- Sync your schedule between all of your devices and the I/O website
- Guide yourself using the vector-based conference map
- Follow public social I/O related conversations
- See I/O content from previous years in the Videos
An additional feature for attendees is of course a map, as well as the ability to take advantage of ‘facilitated pre-event WiFi configuration’.
The app looks great as usual with both a phone and tablet layout. There’s material design influences of course, though the FAB isn’t present, but then it’s a mainly informational app, so possibly not much use for that here.
Google open sources the code behind the app around Google I/O, so if you’re keen to take a peek behind that curtain, stay tuned. If you’re interested, it’s a free app, so head over to Google Play and install it now.