Google has posted the schedule for Google I/O, the company’s annual product launch extravaganza held in San Francisco. While Google tries to keep things secret, many of the session names and descriptions end up being revealing anyway.
(The keynote this year is only two hours long! How will they fit everything in?)
Design, design, design
As promised, there is a huge focus on design this year, with 11 sessions dedicated to how things look and function. It looks like Google’s grand unification across products is a go, too, with sessions titled “Cross-Platform Design,” “Cross-Platform Interaction Design,” “Cross-Platform Visual Design and Imagery,” and “Cross-Platform Motion Design”—there will clearly be a lot of cross-platform designing going on. The “Cross-Platform Design” session looks to be the big one, with the design leads of Android (Matias Duarte) and Google Search & Maps (Jon Wiley) in attendance.
Conspicuously missing from the Google I/O schedule is any mention of Google+, which backs up theearlier reports that the company will be distancing itself from the Google+ branding. Google+ accounts appear to now be referred to as “Google Identity,” which is referenced in the session “Grow your app with Google identity.” It mentions things like “cross-device single sign-on,” a feature of the Google+ platform, but it never mentions the social network by name. The speaker, Jennifer Lin, lists herself on LinkedIn as working on the “Google+ Platform,” but the session description says she now works for the “Google Identity Platform.”
For comparison, last year’s schedule mentioned Google+ 20 times. This year? Zero.
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