So, they’ve moved the Google I/O conference away from downtown San Francisco out to Mountain View where Google has a big stake in the Shoreline Amphitheater. I’ve got mixed emotions on the move. San Francisco is a beautiful city, but it’s also not much larger than my backyard, and when they try and shoehorn ten thousand people into a week long conference at the Moscone, as they do with JavaOne, the hotels start implementing ridiculous surge pricing that nobody should be forced to pay, and anyone who doesn’t book a hotel a month in advance, or isn’t willing to pay $500 a night to sleep in a cardboard box quality room in the Tenderloin district is going to have to bus their way into the city every day from the Burlingame area by the airport.
So maybe a nice, big venue with an open-air amphitheater for the keynotes and access to cheaper hotels in San Jose and Palo Alto isn’t a horrible idea. Still, there’s something to be said for being able to walk back and forth to the venue instead of the discomfort of a crowded bus, so the Mountain View venue isn’t without its drawbacks.
Digging into the meat of the conference
TheServerSide has Android advocate and prolific author of various Java and Ruby Dummies books on site reporting back about what’s new at this tenth Google I/O conference. Take a look at his full account of the big things that happened on the first day of the conference, including a variety of product announcements and feature improvements for new products like Google Duo, Google Allo and stalwarts like Android Studio and the PlayStore.
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