Registration for Google I/O 2016, its annual developer conference, is now open and you have until 5:00PM PST on March 10 (1:00 AM UTC on March 11 for those in other parts of the world) to apply for the most popular and eagerly anticipated Android event of the year.
As we reported earlier in the year this year's event will take place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, the city where Google has its HQ, from May 18 - 20. Admission costs $900, or $300 for those eligible for an academic concession, but as demand for places exceeds supply making an application doesn't guarantee that you will be able to buy one. The Application process involves using a Google account, with only one application per person, and filling in details of experience, including whether you have apps in Google Play, and your areas of interest. Google then selects applicants at random to complete their registration.
To get you enthused the I/O 2016 site includes this lightening overview of last year's event.
So what can we expect this year - we now have a lot of information.
Android N, which is already out in developer preview, will certainly be on show thanks to Google's policy, announced last May that developer previews of the next major Android release will be presented at each year’s I/O conference. Meanwhile you can read about its game changing feature, mullti-windows support, and its other new features.
The Google self-driving is due to be released on the streets of Mountain View in 2016. Could this coincide with I/O 2016? What is likely is that John Krafcik, the newly appointed CEO of the X division in charge of this self-driving cars project, will make an appearance.
Announcements are also expected for Android Wear and Android Auto and of course there is bound to be a lot from Google's new virtual reality division, including the successor to cardboard we recently discussed.. Project Tango, Project Aura and Project Ara are also likely to have their moments.
If you don't want to attend in person, I/O Extended which provides live streaming sessions plus demos,hackathons, code labs, and other local events organized by developer communities around the world enable developers to still join in with the I/O buzz.