Google I/O (or simply I/O) is an annual developer conference held by Google in Mountain View, California. "I/O" stands for Input/Output, as well as the slogan "Innovation in the Open".[1] The event's format is similar to Google Developer Day.

Google I/O
Google IO logo.svg
Date(s)May–June (2–3 days)
FoundedMay 28, 2008 (2008-05-28)
Most recentMay 11, 2022
Next eventMay 2023
Attendance5000 (est.)
Organized byGoogle


Year Date Venue Ref(s)
2008 May 28–29 Moscone Center
2009 May 27–28
2010 May 19–20
2011 May 10–11
2012 June 27–29
2013 May 15–17 [2]
2014 June 25–26
2015 May 28–29 [3][4]
2016 May 17–19 Shoreline Amphitheatre
2017 May 17–19
2018 May 8–10
2019 May 7–9 [5]
2020 Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic [6]
2021 May 18–20 Online [7]
2022 May 11–12 Shoreline Amphitheatre [8]



Google I/O 2008

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Speakers included Marissa Mayer, David Glazer, Steve Horowitz, Alex Martelli, Steve Souders, Dion Almaer, Mark Lucovsky, Guido van Rossum, Jeff Dean, Chris DiBona, Josh Bloch, Raffaello D'Andrea, Geoff Stearns.[9]


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Speakers included Aaron Boodman, Adam Feldman, Adam Schuck, Alex Moffat, Alon Levi, Andrew Bowers, Andrew Hatton, Anil Sabharwal, Arne Roomann-Kurrik, Ben Collins-Sussman, Jacob Lee, Jeff Fisher, Jeff Ragusa, Jeff Sharkey, Jeffrey Sambells, Jerome Mouton and Jesse Kocher.[10]

Attendees were given a HTC Magic.


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Speakers included Aaron Koblin, Adam Graff, Adam Nash, Adam Powell, Adam Schuck, Alan Green, Albert Cheng, Albert Wenger, Alex Russell, Alfred Fuller, Amit Agarwal, Amit Kulkarni, Amit Manjhi, Amit Weinstein, Andres Sandholm, Angus Logan, Arne Roomann-Kurrik, Bart Locanthi, Ben Appleton, Ben Chang, Ben Collins-Sussman.[11]

Attendees were given a HTC Evo 4G at the event. Prior to the event US attendees received a Motorola Droid while non-US attendees received a Nexus One.


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Attendees were given a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1,[14] Series 5 Chromebook[15] and Verizon MiFi.

The after party was hosted by Jane's Addiction.


The I/O conference was extended from the usual two-day schedule to three days.[16] There was no keynote on the final day. Attendees were given a Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, Nexus Q and Chromebox. The after party was hosted by Paul Oakenfold and Train.

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Google I/O 2013 was held at the Moscone Center, San Francisco. The amount of time for all the $900 (or $300 for school students and faculty) tickets to sell out was 49 minutes, even when registrants had both Google+ and Wallet accounts by requirement.[19] A fleet of remote-controlled blimps streamed a bird's-eye view of the event. Attendees were given a Chromebook Pixel. The after party was hosted by Billy Idol and Steve Aoki .[2]

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Attendees were given a LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live, Google Cardboard, and a Moto 360 was shipped to attendees after the event.


Sundar Pichai at Google I/O 2015

Major topics included:

  • Android Marshmallow
    • App permission controls
    • Native fingerprint recognition
    • "Deep sleep", a mode which puts the device to sleep for power saving
    • USB-C support
    • Deep-linking app support, which leads verified app URLs to the app in the Play store.
  • Android Pay
  • Android Wear
    • "Always on" extension to apps
    • Wrist gestures
  • Chrome
  • Custom tabs Gmail
    • Inbox availability for everyone
  • Maps
    • Offline mode
  • Nanodegree, an Android course on Udacity
  • Now
    • Reduction in voice error
    • Context improvements
  • Photos
  • Play
    • "About" tabs for developer pages
    • A/B listings
    • Store listing experiments
    • "Family Star" badge
  • Project Brillo, a new operating system for the Android-based Internet of things.
    • Project Weave, a common language for IoT devices to communicate.

Attendees were given an Nexus 9 tablet and an improved version of Google Cardboard[20]


Sundar Pichai moved Google I/O to Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA for the first time. Attendees were given sunglasses and sunscreen due to the amphitheater's outside conditions, however many attendees were sunburned so the talks were relatively short.[21][22] There was no hardware giveaway.

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  • Allo
  • Android
    • Daydream, Android support for VR was shown with Daydream.[24]
    • Instant Apps, a code path that downloads a part of an app instead of accessing a web app, which allows links to load apps on-demand without installation. This was shown with the B&H app.[25]
    • Nougat
    • Wear 2.0
    • The inaugural Google Play Awards were presented to the year's best apps and games in ten categories.[26]
  • Assistant
  • Duo
  • Firebase, a mobile application platform, now adds storage, reporting and analytics.[27]
  • Home
  • Play integration with ChromeOS


Sundar Pichai at the Google I/O 2017 Keynote
Google I/O 2017 Android Fireside Chat

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Attendees were given a Google Home and $700 in Google Cloud Platform Credits. The afterparty was hosted by LCD Soundsystem.


Major topics included:

  • Android Pie
  • Digital Wellbeing initiatives
  • Material Design 2.0
  • Changes in Gmail
  • Android Wear 3.0
  • An Impressive Google Assistant
  • AR/VR efforts
  • Updated Google Home

Attendees were given an Android Things kit and a Google Home Mini.[33] The after party was hosted by Justice with Phantogram opening.


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The after party was hosted by The Flaming Lips. There was no hardware giveaway.


The 2020 event was originally scheduled for May 12–14.[35] Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event was considered for alternative formats[36] and eventually cancelled.[6]


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A "pre-show" was held before the keynote, featuring a performance from Tune-Yards and Google Arts & Culture's "Blob Opera" experiment.


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