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As the start of Google I/O 2013 grows achingly close, Mountain View has seen fit to grace us with a pretty significant update of the official Google I/O app for this year's conference. For anyone attending the event, this app is going to be their golden ticket. The app should work on most Android form-factors (2.3 Gingerbread or higher), with a killer card-based UI that's consistent with Google's new design aesthetic. As for features, there's quite a lot going on:

  • NEW! Scan attendee badges via NFC
  • NEW! Schedule changes are immediately synchronized between devices
  • NEW! Lock screen widget for viewing your agenda on the go
  • NEW! Vector-based maps with session info
  • NEW! Dedicated HDMI video output for livestreams
  • NEW! Automatic WiFi setup for attendees
  • NEW! Off-site attendee mode for livestream-only viewers
  • Use Google+ for login
  • Support for viewing Office Hours sessions
  • Improved support for devices with RTL locales

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Don't be alarmed if the Play Store page for the I/O app still has a lot of 2012 branding on it (as of this posting the header image is still from last year). I'm sure Googlers are busy with other stuff. Who has time for the little things when there's a developer conference to prepare for?! Anyone can download the app for free, but it will be of limited usefulness if you're not at I/O. Live streaming the event via the app could be cool, though. The I/O app will be open sourced a few weeks after I/O has wrapped up, so you've got that to look forward to even if you can't make it to I/O this time.

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Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Guest

    I want to know WTF is with the icon.

  • http://katzmatt.com/ Matt Katzenberger

    I want to know WTF is with the icon...

    • Bryce Mrozinski

      People like ovals?

    • http://twitter.com/RaspberryDuff Matt

      It's an egg. Google's giving birth to a new development experience. The PR bullshit writes itself!

    • Cherokee4Life

      That's the only thing wrong in this picture? Every icon is a different shape & color... Come on Google.
      .. oh wait this isn't Apple... :)

    • mldi

      Botched boob job.

  • Dinofan01

    No more Google TV support btw. It was cool being able to watch IO seamlessly last year but I guess I'll just have to go through the youtube app.

    • mldi

      It also appears that they didn't release the source code either.

      WTF, Google?

  • http://twitter.com/sjenehzdv Nabil L

    Did you see ?! There is an Epic Games session! Are we finally going to see Infinity Blade on Android ? Or maybe an new exclusive game for Android, who knows ?

    • yahyoh

      maybe something like center

  • triceratops

    That's weird man...

  • yahyoh
  • http://anaershadowynomaly.deviantart.com Farran Lee

    Oooo interesting, 2012's screenshots (mostly) had 25:10 as the time as well. http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/06/19/the-official-google-io-2012-app-is-now-in-the-play-store Weird.

    (And they're taken from the Play Store page.)

  • Phillip Malone

    I think about the only thing missing is Ingress Portal hacking in the App! ;-)

  • Ray

    I live in Australia, but downloaded the app anyway to see what's happening.

    When I open the app and view the schedule, I can see Keynote on Thursday 16 May at 2am. I'm assuming that's my local time yeah??

    • Ray

      Nevermind.. just checked the app settings and there is an open to show local times. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrepiper Andre Piper

    Yes!... but i'm more excited about when they release the code...

  • http://twitter.com/shamus_carter james kendall

    Off-site attendee mode is very handy.

  • yupser

    Maybe it's an inside joke sort of think, like it's the date of someones birthday?

  • Dude!

    Last time, people assumed it was a reference to Star Trek. 26 hours day -> Bajor Day Cycle -> Star Trek -> Majel Roddenberry -> Majel -> Google Now/Voice. A bit of a strecth, but a fun one.

  • mldi

    Is Google not releasing the source code for the app this year?