By Stephen Schenck | February 19, 2014 7:56 PM
The Google I/O conference may be about a lot more than just mobile devices, but Android always manages to be a pretty big part of it. In years past we learned about new Android platform releases, services like Google Music, and of course, new hardware. While that’s included the flop that was the Nexus Q, Google I/O has also been the place where we got official announcement for the first Nexus 7. Today, Sundar Pichai shared the news of when this year’s Google I/O will take place, scheduled for June 25 and 26.
Returning to a June date is interesting, and has us wondering if that means that a Nexus 7 launch will be in the cards again this year.
Let’s back up for a second: historically, Google I/O has taken place in May. In 2012, however, it moved back a month to late June, and that’s when the first Nexus 7 was announced. Last year, having Google I/O in May meant that it was still too early to reveal the second-gen Nexus 7, forcing Google to hold a separate event in July. This move back to June again could make it more likely that any hardware Google’s planning to introduce this summer would emerge at the conference itself.
Google also shares news of an improved registration system it’s going to be trying out this year, so that attendees aren’t forced to hammer Google’s servers in order to secure their places; instead, devs will first apply for a spot, and then Google will randomly choose those who are offered the opportunity to attend.