Is it that time of year already? Time to start planning for Google's annual developer conference! The software giant just announced that I/O 2013 will be taking place May 15th-17th at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco. No word yet on prices for tickets or when you can get your hands on them, but those details should be coming in February of next year.


Those who have been paying attention over the last couple of years will know that I/O typically sees the launch of a new version of Android as well as some free gifts given out to developers. At I/O 2012, we met Jelly Bean for the first time, the waiting list for Google Glass was announced (a product that should be in people's hands by the next I/O) and attendees received a free Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, and Nexus Q.

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  • Sean Stone

    05/17 is my birthday, this would be awesome to go.

    • SuperAndroid

      Mine is 05/16, so I was kinda just thinking the exact same thing :-)

  • http://www.WonhoPhoto.com/ Frank Lee

    Should we expect a lowered price on Nexus devices after this event? Like it was last year?

    • Thomas’

      Did we? In Germany the Galaxy Nexus got more expensive after the last Google I/O. Also, the current generation of Nexus devices is already at the bottom end of profit.

      • http://www.WonhoPhoto.com/ Frank Lee

        from what I remembered, Galaxy Nexus Unlocked GSM from Play Store went down to $200 for a week or two.

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

          I'm pretty confident the Galaxy Nexus didn't drop that low. I definitely would have bought one at that price since I was already pretty hungry for a replacement to my old phone.

          I wouldn't be surprised if the Nexus 4 repeats the pattern of the Nexus 7 (kill the 8gb, price drop on the 16gb, and introduce the 32gb), but I can't imagine they will go any further than that.

        • Kristoff119

          It went down from $400 to $350. I definitely would have jumped on a $200 GNex instead of waiting to get it used at that price in December.

  • http://www.theandroidsite.com benmarvin

    Wow, time flies. It seems like only a month or two ago.

  • Piyush

    I smell Key Lime Pie.

    • Nevi_me

      I'm gonna go against the trend based on what [can't remember his name] said this year at I/O, that Google is gonna slow down with new versions cos everyone's behind. It made 4.2 a guess (that it'd still be JB) but it sure makes it difficult with next year.

      GB has taken the title of most used, and I predict it to be about 35-40% by the next I/O. The one thing I've noticed is that a large number of devices in ICS are at least getting upgrades to JB, so we might see better JB adoption (also propelled by custom ROMs), but only from devices in ICS.

      Another thing is that Google has to consider Play Store app quality. We always compare with Apple's store, and honestly, iOS apps look better because of consistency. If Google releases KLP, do they stay with Holo as is? (unless it's here to stay). A lot of app develeopers don't seem to have UI overhaul as priority.

      APIs are also another issue, but I've already said a lot of crap, so I'll shut up :)

      I see more Nexii, and JB lasting one more year, with Google focusing more on distribution and app quality. There's prolly plenty other things happening to take up all the time at I/O.

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

        Remember, the name is really just a name, just like a version number doesn't truly mean anything. There will be a new version of Android and it will be given a new name, if for no other reason, nearly 18 months (I/O 2012 through to late Fall 2013) on a single name with too many versions will lead to significant confusion and complaints.

        I think we can still expect 4.x to follow the same pattern we saw with 2.x. The first release got the major UI changes, every update after that focused more on user features (2.2 and 4.1/4.2) and major OS extensions (2.3 and likely to be 4.3). I doubt we're going to see KLP go through the same drawn out fix-and-extend period that 2.3 did. I don't think we're going to see a major UI change unless we see a major version bump, and right now I really doubt it will happen in 2013 (I might feel differently when we are close to the Fall '13 release).

        My hunch, I think this I/O is going to see a lot more focus on Google services, especially Google Now and the Play Store's content sections. We'll also see something firm about Google Glass (but no specifics about availability, probably just saying it will come available around the end of the year). I am also pretty sure we'll see some form of return for the Nexus Q (not necessarily the same hardware and definitely not the same software, but it'll be the same type of product). I'm a little curious about a possible replacement for the Nexus 7...I'm kinda hoping they don't do one until the end of next year, but I don't really have a good way to explain that...

  • http://www.facebook.com/dgemus Don Gemus

    I have 3 apps in the pipeline that will probably be released this summer. Will I qualify to go?

    • http://www.facebook.com/dgemus Don Gemus

      I have a developer account and Play Store publishing access....?

      • TylerChappell

        Dude, you can go, just go. lol

    • http://gplus.to/questioncom victor sanchez

      Anyone can go as long as they can buy the tickets. It's not just developers

  • Albin Hermansson

    That's wednesday to friday... SUCKS. I need those days for school...

  • TylerChappell

    I'm sure this year's attendees will receive a Nexus 10 and maybe something else.

    • http://twitter.com/TurboNegro7791 Tyler Hills

      A Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 would seem to be locks. Possibly Glass and a redesigned Nexus Q

      • TylerChappell

        Hopefully it is a 32GB Nexus 4!

        • http://twitter.com/TurboNegro7791 Tyler Hills

          YES. A thousand times yes lol

  • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

    Oh, what a pity. I will be leaving SF 4 days before...

  • heat361

    I would love some KLP. I have a feeling that the color scheme for KLP will be red.

  • John O’Connor

    Let's see if I can get tickets this time

  • giiiuh

    Not sure what they want to show.. Nexus 10 hsdpa? Nexus Q 2.0? They cant release android 5.0 yet, it would be hell for the other manufacturers...

  • eric

    Are you a developer

  • Elias

    I guess there will be a new Android version to address the issues we've seen on the latest Jelly Bean. I don't know about you, but to me the last JB was totally half baked so all that matters could be summarized in one word: photosphere.

    Also, more Nexii, better Nexii, and cheaper Nexii (including the Q). And Glass. Please, Google.

  • Scott Standish-Parkin

    Nothing is stopping me this year from going. I requested time off from my job and I'm getting a ticket one way or another. Do I qualify for the academia pricing if i work at a school of the city? And if so...do we still get the goods?

    • Kristoff119

      That's the way it has worked in the past, as long as you had a valid .edu email address.