Even if you're not physically attending Google I/O, the official convention app might serve you well. It allows attendees to scan badges, view schedules, and just guide themselves around with vector-based maps. If you're not going to be in Moscone Center tomorrow, you can stream sessions with the app. Waiting just about as long as possible, Google has pushed an update to the I/O app, and it adds some cool stuff.

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Here's the full changelog:

  • Added session feedback form.
  • Improved maps functionality.
  • Higher resolution speaker photos.
  • Added DashClock widget support.
  • Various fixes for stability and performance.
  • Added localizations.
  • Disabled experimental RTL layout support.

The DashClock extension is especially fun to see (it displays your next session). This shows Google is open to supporting popular third-party apps and developers at its developer conference. Although, the DashClock developer is a Googler. And with all these new 1080p phones and super-HD tablets, higher-resolution images are definitely appreciated too. Check out the updated app and buckle your seatbelts. Tomorrow is going to be a bumpy ride.

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.

  • Cherokee4Life

    Can't wait... literally I can't wait and its killing me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • jacob

      R.I.P. Cherokee4Life

  • Nevi_me

    They probably had a team of +50 people scrambling on SVN to get the app ready in time :)

  • Brian

    Can I get an apk?

  • Dan

    Tomorrow will be exciting.

  • Josh Brown

    The funny bit is that the primary dev on the I/O app is the same guy who wrote DashClock

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Roman Nurik, right?

    • Niclas

      Maybe dashclock will be integrated in Android itself from Android 4.3+ :) would be nice!

      • Steve Williamson

        why would it need to be... at the moment its separate like many of the apps such as gmail, youtube, it has no need to be integrated

        • Niclas

          My Nexus phone got gmail, youtube etc preinstalled, dashclock isn't but could/should be. Therefore this would be nice :) to me at least ;)

          • Steve Williamson

            oh see I think of preinstalled and integrated as two separate things.

            preinstall is gmail, maps and all crap ware providers put on.

            integration is more in depth and not really required in android)

          • Niclas

            Ok, i see. Well I wouldn't mind both options. In general there should be some more software i think. Like energy saving settings as in the Xperia Z software. But let's wait and see ;)

  • Addic7ed

    Google I/0 looks like christmas for android fans

    • Ryan Stuckmaier

      *twitch* why did you use a zero instead of an O?

      • Addic7ed

        because i have an iphone and im so frustated ahahah

  • Rupin

    Is the app in the screnshot the dashclock widget? I dont get notifications showing up,like that on my lock screen

    • Rovindra Singh

      I'm wondering the same thing. That looks very elegant I have to admit.

  • http://twitter.com/jorgewiegand Jorge Wiegand

    Anyone noticed the subtle change on the icons in the Play Store, I mean the install/update/uninstall button?

  • brkshr

    I like that that Google is supporting a third-party app like that. I realize that Roman worked on both apps, but I'm sure he had to get the ok from the higher ups.

  • skitchbeatz

    i assume you can stream the keynote with this app?