One of the most-highly anticipated developer events of the year is almost upon us, Boston. Thousands of coders and tech-savvy innovators will tune into Google I/O on Wednesday and Thursday, June 25 and 26, with a start time of 9 a.m. PST (12 p.m. EST) in San Francisco. Rumors addressing the new Android operating system Lollipop, fresh wearable tech gadgetry and more have been floating around for weeks, slowly building up momentum for the search giant’s conference. Considering that most of us won’t be able to head across coasts to attend – or cut out a whole work day to watch – we’ve gathered a few standout talks from the schedule and resources to help you keep track of the action.
You can check out Google I/O’s full schedule on the web here, or download the free app for Android smartphone and tablet, crafted specially for the conference, from the Google Play Store. The app has undergone a redesign in preparation, and now lets you set reminders, follow the live stream keynote and sessions, sync your Google Calendar across all devices and scroll through I/O content from past years to get prepared.
To help make your busy days before and during Google I/O a bit more manageable, we’ve curated the list of talks and added our picks below.
Hot sessions for Wednesday, June 25
Google I/O’s first keynote kicks off at 9 a.m. PST (12 noon EST) on Wednesday. Though we don’t yet know who will be presenting, it’s clearly a key session, and you won’t want to miss it.
Another live stream talk, titled “Making Your Cloud Apps Google-fast,” will take place at 1 p.m. (4 p.m. EST). Mandy Waite and Weston Hutchins will look at how the company built Google Search, Google Maps and Gmail to run so smoothly and quickly.
Also at this time, Chet Haase and Dan Sandler will give a thrilling tour and explanation of all the latest developments of the new Android platform (rumored to be called Lollipop).
Come 2 p.m. (5 p.m.), members of Google’s design team will take the stage to spill secrets on their approach to cross-platform design. Soon after, head to Google director of engineering Ray Kurzweil’s session on “Biologically Inspired Models of Intelligence” to learn that, “by extending our minds with our intelligent technology that we can overcome humanity’s grand challenges.”
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Hot sessions for Thursday, June 26
As for Android Wear, the much anticipated wearable tech news is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. (1 p.m.) on Thursday. “Android Wear: The Developer’s Perspective” will explore Google’s new wearable APIs and give a walk-through of what it takes to design and build a small, contextual app for Android Wear.
Get ready for Nest news at 2 p.m. (5 p.m. EST). During this session, the smart thermostat and smoke detector company will discuss “its developer program and how you can get involved.” Quite vague for the Google-acquired company, but we’re looking forward to learning more.
As for Google Glass updates, speakers from the Engineering team will explore the Glass platform and its developer tools and APIs that today’s technical innovators should be aware of at 3 p.m. (6 p.m. EST).
Attendees will get a peek at the redesign of Google Maps on Thursday afternoon, too. The company launched their biggest redesign of the app since the product was introduced eight years ago. Stop by for this session, scheduled for 4 p.m. (7 p.m. EST), to learn how the design and product development process went down.
Happy Google I/O, everyone!