Google has announced that it will officially open the I/O event for registration on March 13, 2013 at 7:00 AM PDT (GMT-7).
While waiting for the registration to open, Google advises those who are interested in the event to register for accounts on Google+ and Google Wallet. These are necessary to complete the registration process.
For general participants, a ticket to the conference is priced at $900. Meanwhile, for academic participants, a ticket costs $300. According to Google, it will keep accepting registrations until all tickets are sold.
This year, the Google I/O event will happen in San Francisco, California on May 15 to 17, roughly two months after Google starts accepting registrations.
Around five thousand developers are expected to take part in the conference, where Google typically reveals important announcements about its products and services. It will be recalled that during last year’s I/O, Google first showcased version 4.1 of the Android operating system, which is also known as Jelly Bean. Likewise, it was in said event that Google unveiled Google Glass, the Nexus 7 tablet, and Google Now.
It is also common for the Mountain View company to have many freebies during the event. In Google I/O 2012, for example, participants got to take hom the Nexus 7 tablet running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the Nexus Q, and the Samsung Chromebook hardware.
Google is likewise known for good entertainment. To showcase the features of Google Glass last year, for example, the company featured a live footage of several skydivers that was transmitted from the Google Glass units.
For this year’s I/O, Google has not revealed what announcements its will be making.
Tech enthusiasts, however, have several guesses.
For one, the newest version of Android OS, which is expected to be called Key Lime Pie, may make its debut during the developers conference. Possibly, a new Nexus device with a 7-inch display and running Android Key Lime Pie is also in the list of announcements. Rumors of a 5-inch smartphone called the Motorola X have been circulating, as well.
Are you excited about this year’s Google I/O?