Update: A Google spokesperson has gotten back to us that yes, the dates for Google IO 2017 are May 17-19 and its location is indeed the Shoreline Ampitheatre.
Google decided to have a lark in revealing the dates and place for its annual developer conference, otherwise known as Google IO.
Though the IO website went live earlier Tuesday, it contains no such helpful details. Instead, developers were sent on an eleborate treasure hunt to unearth the gathering's location. We'll save you the headache: it's Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, the large concert venue where Google held IO last year.
Successfully finishing the challenge also unlocked the event's dates, revealed as May 17-19, as spotted by 9to5Google. What's more, a Google search for "Google IO 2017 dates" pulls up a widget that reads, "2017 Google I/O will start on Wednesday, May 17 and will end on Friday, May 19".
There was some chatter the search giant would bring the conference back to San Francisco this year, but it appears it's sticking close to home (Google is headquartered in Mountain View, after all) and wants to accommodate what's sure to be a large and eager crowd.
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What to expect at Google IO 2017
We're still digesting everything Google announced at IO 2016, including Google Assistant, Google Home, the Allo and Duo apps, details on Android Nougat (though it didn't have that name at the time), the Daydream VR platform, Android Wear 2.0 and Android Instant Apps.
Since IO, Google has, among other things, unveiled the Pixel phone, Chromecast Ultra streaming disk and Daydream View VR headset. What's more, Android Wear 2.0 is due to (finally) launch on February 9, and two smartwatches built by LG are expected to be unveiled then.
Clearly, Google has kept busy, and we'll likely hear plenty on the core products listed above during this year's conference, but especially on smart home, VR and Android Wear.
Though news has been fairly quiet on the new Android front, it'd be a huge break for Google not to talk about the next version of its mobile OS, presumably codenamed Android O. Expect details on Android 8.0 to be discussed, even if it doesn't launch during IO or right after.
Finally, with Google further fusing its mobile and computing operating systems, expect to hear lots on developments such as Android apps working on all future Chromebooks. Oh, and maybe an update on Google+, too.
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