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It took Google a little longer than usual, but now the official site is up with the registration dates. You can try to sign up for I/O from April 8-10th, however remember that the tickets will be handed out randomly this year. Don't be too bummed out, though. There are some fun animated puzzles at the top of the page to play around with (they react to sound from your mic).

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The registration drive kicks off bright and early at 5am PDT on April 8th and runs until 5pm PDT on April 10th. The lucky winners will be chosen after the end of the registration window and will be notified by email. If you are selected, I/O costs $900 per ticket for regular folks, or $300 for an academic ticket. The academic tickets require you are a "full-time student, professor, faculty, or staff at a high school or higher education institution." You will need a Google+ account to register, and if selected, you will pay with Google Wallet.

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I/O 2014 runs from June 25-26th this year and we can expect some talk about Android Wear, and maybe even the L release of Android. If you can't get to the show, there will be live streams of the keynotes and many developer workshops.

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[Google I/O 2014, Google Developers – Thanks, Philipp Schuster for noticing the joke!]

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

  • Simon Belmont

    Nice. Can't wait for June.

    Android Wear, Android 4.5 (or 5.0). Exciting times.

  • Przemyslaw Orawiec

    Hopefully Google will tell us something about Android @Home

  • JLishere

    Google turns 16 soon. I/O 2014 will be, potentially, huge. Android Wear. Glass. Chrome OS. Google Now. Hangouts. Voice search. DeepMind. Nest. Boston Dynamics. Contact lenses. Shopper Express. Wallet. YouTube.

    • evolutionx1

      And Android? :D

      • JLishere

        Ah yes, Android is a given. I think we'll see further improvements for enterprise, a switch to ART (vs. Dalvik) and I predict a major feature for device-to-device communication after the acquisition of Bump (which we still have no news about).

      • AbbyZFresh

        Everything mentioned above all go back to the source of Android.

    • remister

      Don't forget Project ARA!

      • JLishere

        Yes! Project ARA. We also might have further announcements for Google Compute Engine. And Helpouts. Google+. Chromecast.

    • Simon Belmont

      Yeah. Really hoping for some new and exciting voice commands in voice search.

      I'd really love to be able to say "OK, Google. Do I have any new messages/emails?" and then have it read back my texts or emails and ask to reply, read back what I've dictated, then send it, all hands-free (via Bluetooth or some version of touchless controls). Do this, Google.

      • Evan Jenkins

        I'd really love to just be able to set a freakin timer

        • Simon Belmont

          Haha. Me, too, man.

          I think that's coming soon. I saw a timer voice command for Android Wear in one of the screen shots and since it's powered by Google Now, I'm sure it'll come to phones and tablets, too.

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

          Your wish may be granted sooner than you think.

      • Taylor

        So you essentially want the world of Her.

        • Simon Belmont

          I haven't seen that movie, actually, but I get the gist of it. I just want something that I can use with more voice commands, hands-free, and receive intuitive replies and have useful actions taken (I'm not seeking an intimate relationship with my phone or tablet).

          Google Search / Now is becoming more conversational with each update, so it would be natural progression for it to read back things like texts messages and emails, and other notifications when asked. After all, Google originally said they were modeling Google Search / Now (Project Majel) after the computer in Star Trek, which accepts voice commands, reads information back to you, and in general has an AI that anticipates further actions intuitively.

    • CerealFTW

      But still no performance boosting thing™

    • Mandeep Singh

      Google turning to a teen haan

  • Tomas

    Good thing registration changed. Way better than the clusterf**k that took place last year for registration

  • SSDROiD

    Keynotes... what does that mean? Is that where they stand on stage presenting stuff? I really hope there will be live streams of that, 'cause I'm really looking forward to what they present this year! *fingers crossed for announcement and introduction to new Android version*

    • Eric Jones

      Yes, that's what the keynotes are. It's been live streamed for years, I doubt they'll stop doing it. They also usually have big streaming parties at many cities, some of them hosted by Google, others just by fans.

  • Sorian

    Now to convince my boss I need to go to this for the school district.

    • remister

      In the name of SCIENCE1!!!111

      • WORPspeed

        Science, I am going for the free stuff! Okay, technically it is not free.....and technically I can;t say if I go with the random lottery thing this year....and if you want to get really technical...well I don't live in the US and I technically can tell you, I won't attend.....technically speaking that is :P

      • WORPspeed

        Science, I am going for the free stuff! Okay, technically it is not free.....and technically I can;t say if I go with the random lottery thing this year....and if you want to get really technical...well I don't live in the US and I technically can tell you, I won't attend.....technically speaking that is :P

    • nxtiak

      I'm trying to go too, also work for school district. My boss is very lax on vacation days.
      All I have to worry about is getting a ticket!
      Also, I take it that Pay Stub from school district is good enough for proof?

  • supremekizzle

    I just wanna know about the free shit. If the cost of the ticket is equal to or less than the value of the free shit, then I'd go.

    • n0th1ng_r3al

      I want a new phone.

    • David Margolin

      well, let's assume you aren't a student. This means you would pay $900. Last year they gave away a chromebook pixel which goes for over $1000. The year before that, they gave away a galaxy nexus, nexus q, and nexus 7. I'm too lazy to add that up but im just gonna assume that that stuff adds up to way more than $900. So yes. The 'free shit' is worth more than the ticket. But you must also consider the price of a plane ticket to CA and any hotel and food costs. But the 'free shit' is not why we go to i/o. We go to be in the presence of the great Matias Duarte and you can't put a price on that.

      • RTWright

        If I went it would be to PUNCH Matias in the freakin' nose! ;p I cannot stand that man, he's a complete idiot!

  • WORPspeed

    Well I'm setting my expectations low this year....2years ago it was big, but last year seemed to start a new trend of only-developer focus and no more huge announcements for non-developers.
    Only waiting to see what the next android release will feature.....Google has too many things to get excited about, too little time to show it all off and logically won't show everything in 1 event.

    • Guest

      Damn, last year their dev conference was focused on the devs.

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    Shouldn't big companies invite journalists to their press events for no price? Wouldn't everything they'll say at the event end up on their site anyway?
    Face-to-face interaction is so overrated.

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

      Press goes for free, yes.

      • WORPspeed

        Tell me, how do I join this thing called Press....I'd love to press my luck...get it?....Get it?

        Yeh, that one was horrible

      • David Margolin

        Are you hiring right now? Maybe just someone until i/o ends. Maybe someone you want to send there. Maybe someone who you would let see the #holoyolo Duarte-ness :)

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    Shouldn't big companies invite journalists to their press events for no price? Wouldn't everything they'll say at the event end up on their site anyway?
    Face-to-face interaction is so overrated.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Hopefully Google will tell us about the future of Fiber and Glass.

    And when will they finally open up a physical store for once? Can't stay online forever Google.

  • remister

    I wonder what they are going to give out this year.

  • IamTheFij

    Did anyone notice that the I/O page is requesting access to the microphone?

    • Mike Reid

      NSA keeping track of I/O'ers, LOL.

    • RyanWhitwam

      The puzzles react to sound.

  • remister

    It either me spending 600$ to go get some free stuff or sitting by a computer having my wallet ready.

  • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

    Yes I am Margaret... :)

  • usaff22

    That website is just amazing.

  • valapsp

    So will there be any "freebies" this year?

  • http://www.virtuaniz.com/ Akshat Mittal

    @RyanWhitwam:disqus, just to add to this post, the animation at the end of the page in the "Get Ready" section is actually a countdown to April 8, in Braille symbols.

    cc: @archon810:disqus

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