As we all know, Google I/O is right around the corner. So far this year, we haven't seen too many early clues as to what Google will cover in its keynote (though Ars Technica's I/O tracker is a great place to get some ideas) outside of its new Photos app, but we do expect that Google will be telling us about Android M (internally called macadamia nut cookie or MNC).
The specifics of what Android M will bring to the table are still a mystery, but we've heard a few things that could make this an exciting update.
Last year, we shared some fascinating information surrounding a rumored effort called "Nearby." According to our information at the time, Nearby would enable Android devices to communicate with people, places, and devices that were, well, nearby.
At the time, we had evidence that the feature would come with a future version of Play Services, with a friendly overview for users explaining that the service could use device sensors to communicate with nearby things.
We've seen some of this functionality already - consider Chromecast's guest mode. The device can use ultrasonic sounds (picked up using your device's microphone) to connect to your device.
Right on time, Google has opened up registration for Google I/O 2015. For the chance at a ticket, head over to the registration page below and complete the process. To prevent registration stress, Google is leaving the form open until March 19th at 5:00pm PDT. Presumably, Google will also have a few registration codes hidden across its various web properties just like last year.
Of course if you can't make it to I/O 15 in person, just drop by AP for all the coverage you need or join an I/O extended event.
As the newly-announced start date for Google I/O 2015 approaches, we're sure to see plenty of easter eggs and hidden messages around Google's web properties, but one easter egg has already made itself known.
Google's I/O 2015 page links to an awesome Chrome experiment that lets users jam to (and edit) a catchy electronic loop with five unique instruments. Inside the experiment's source hides a dance partner - left shark.
Just hit F12 to open the dev console, run experiment.consoleDance() and enjoy an ASCII shark who's doing his best to keep up with the experiment's beat.
There have been rumors recently that LG's G Watch might be the focus of Google I/O's Android Wear discussion, with the nascent device possibly being handed out to attendees. Whether Moto's watch, the Moto 360, would make an appearance has remained unclear. Until today though, those were the only two Android Wear devices even rumored for I/O cameos.
Cnet has reported, however, that Samsung will (according to sources) be throwing its hat into the Android Wear ring at I/O as well, debuting an Android Wear smartwatch of its own. Cnet's sources only divulged that the manufacturer may show off a watch at I/O, one of two models apparently being developed (one with Samsung's own chips and one with Qualcomm processors).
It's the Googliest time of the year again - I/O is on the horizon. Registration closed as of yesterday (Friday), and I/O 2014 brought a whole new system in to deal with the demand for tickets: a lottery.
While it may seem a bit odd to some to have to be randomly selected for the right to spend $900 (or $300 for students / faculty) to go to a developer (and designer!) conference, Google I/O registration has sold out in minutes in previous years - even after Google has raised the cost of attendance substantially. (Remember when I/O was $450?
The lottery situation with Google I/O this year means nobody is guaranteed entry. Google knows this. And it's Google we're talking about. So they planted a bunch of secret codes you can redeem for a guaranteed I/O ticket. The hunt is already on, and some lucky folks have already won.
Correction: You don't win free tickets, but rather a guaranteed opportunity to buy them.
Good scavenger hunts are tough, and the best ones don't even announce the rules. I had to piece the information together from various tips, by talking to winners, and crawling the web. Thankfully, at least the rules of Fight Club didn't apply here.