After a preview of developer conference tracks and sessions, Google today released the initial I/O 2019 schedule. The main keynote features major sessions and announcements from CEO Sundar Pichai and other executives and will be announced on Tuesday, May 7th at 10AM PST.
This is only the initial list of sessions, but it also provides a basic schedule for the three-day developer conference. Exactly like the past years, the full schedule will not be revealed until after the main keynote on Tuesday after all the announcements have made.
Exact times, locations, speakers, and a livestream filter will be added closer to I/O, as well as the ability to customize your own schedule by saving events / reserving seats for sessions (attendees only). This is just a preview! More events will be added frequently, so make sure to check back often. All times are in PDT (Pacific Daylight Time).
Conference attendees can reserve their seats for Sessions and Office Hours in mid-April after the updated Android and iOS apps are released. Google says that the full lineup of Sessions, App Reviews, Office Hours and Codelabs will be made available right then.
I/O 2019 focusses on 18 tracks: Accessibility, Ads, Android / Play, Assistant, Augmented Reality, Chrome OS, Cloud, Design, Firebase, Flutter, Gaming, IoT, Location / Maps, ML / AI, Open Source, Payments, Search, and Web.
The event starts with a two-hour Google Keynote followed by a one-hour Developer Keynote in the afternoon after lunch. There are at least two sessions about Stadia, including “What’s New in Gaming at Google” where VP Phil Harrison will be presenting and “Stadia Streaming Tech: A Deep Dive.”
This session provides technical details for the streaming technology that powers Stadia, from maximizing visual quality to minimizing latency for the end user at 60 frames per second.
Android Automotive is interestingly referred to as “Android OS for cars,” while there are related “What’s New” sessions for Android, Android Accessibility, Android in Cars, Android C++ Development, Android Studio UI Design and Debugging Tools, Architecture Components, Google Play, Kotlin on Android, Android Jacket: Navigation, Android Studio Build System, Google Play Billing, Android Machine Learning, Android OS User Interface, and ConstraintLayout. There is also an amusing named “Moving Away from the Light with Android Q” about a system-wide dark theme.
There is also “Best Practices for Developing on Android TV” and the Android Fireside Chat to close out I/O, but no Wear OS session as of today. It could be added closer to the developer conference.
Similar to how Waymo had a presence last year, there is also a session called “Teaching a Car to Drive Itself by Imitation and Imagination” from Alphabet’s AV division. As of this evening, there are no sessions from Verily.
Google I/O 2019 runs May 7-9th and will be hosted for the fourth year in a row at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.
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