Android 9.0 could be unveiled in May as Pineapple Cake
Last year, the Google I/O annual developer conference took place in May and focused on Android Oreo, Google Home, the Android Go platform, and other interesting topics. Now, we already have an official confirmation of the fact that this year's edition will be held in about the same period (May 8-10 this year, May 17-19 for I/O 2017). However, there are still a bunch of uncertainties to deal with until May, and the name of the Android 9.0 release which is expected to surface during the event seems to be the most important one.
As it usually happens a few months before Google I/O, the official information comes after those interested are challenged to discover clues in an online scavenger hunt. This year, it all started with a tweet that contains the binary code for the google.com/io page, so the users ended up in a Street View page showing the reception area of a Google Developers building.
Once inside the building mentioned above, one can find a clue that is too good to be true: nothing less but a pineapple cake! Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich, KitKat, Pineapple Cake... they are definitely related, right?
For now, Google only confirmed the date and location of the conference: May 8-10, Shoreline Amphitheatre. Those interested can apply to get a ticket starting on February 22, at 10 AM PST. There is also a deadline, apparently, and that one is set for February 27, 5 PM PST. The system remains the same as before, so everyone can fill out an application, then a limited number of lucky individuals are randomly selected to attend the event. Sadly, they still have to pay.
This year's Google I/O conference will be an anniversary one, since this event will celebrate its first decade of existence on May 28. However, all the editions that took place before 2016 were held at the Moscone Center. Starting in 2016, the event was moved to the Shoreline Amphitheatre and will probably continue to be hosted there in the foreseeable future.