As for this year’s itinerary, that remains up in the air — we’re expecting to learn more in the weeks ahead. But I/O, which regularly attracts thousands of developers around the world, is typically where Google makes some of its biggest product announcements of the year. For instance, last conference’s topics ranged from the Google Assistant, Gmail, Google News, Android, Chrome OS, and Google Play to Alphabet’s self-driving car unit, Waymo, and Google’s in-house Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) AI accelerator chips.
At previous I/O shows, Google introduced Google Cardboard, Google Photos, Google Fit, and the now-shuttered Google Wave, among other things. This time around, we’re expecting the next major version of Android — Android Q — is to make an appearance, likely in tow with a system-wide dark mode and enhanced privacy controls. New Google Assistant capabilities are pretty much a given. And while Google typically reserves hardware announcements for its annual Made by Google event in October, there’s the slimmest chance we’ll learn more about the Google Pixel 3’s long-rumored midrange counterpart, the Pixel 3 Lite.
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) January 25, 2019
I/O 2019 registration will open at a later date — likely in the coming weeks. Pricing hasn’t yet been announced, but general admission tickets to I/O 2018 started at $1,150 (academic tickets for full-time students, professors, faculty and staff remained $375), and if past years are any indication, it’ll be a lottery affair. You’ll have to submit an application, and Google will randomly select the winners.
There’s no need to fret if you aren’t picked to go, though. Google I/O 2019 keynotes and breakout sessions will be livestreamed on YouTube and recorded for posterity. If you can’t attend, that’s your best bet — along with our coverage, which we’ll be filing on site.