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Google I/O event date set

Google I/O event date set

Google CEO says Google I/O event going back to its roots in Mountain View

The word has come from the top: Google CEO Sundar Pichai says the company's annually sold-out Google I/O conference will take place on May 18-20 in Mountain View.

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Pichai tweeted out the news Tuesday, noting that the event will take place in the "neighborhood where it all started 10 ys ago: Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View." Details about conference sessions, ticket sales, etc., have not been updated yet on the Google I/O website.

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Last year the developer-focused confab was held in San Francisco's Moscone Center and included announcements about Android M (i.e., Android 6.0), Android Pay, Google Photos and Google Play, among other things.

Google bills I/O as an opportunity to hear inspiration speakers, do hands-on training and to check out Google's latest products.

Google has instituted a lottery system for tickets the past couple of years after a mad rush to buy tickets online created plenty of hard feelings when tickets were gobbled up in under an hour. Like Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Google I/O has become one of the hottest tickets in tech, with tickets last year priced at $900 for general admission and $300 for academics.

Google has begun live-streaming the event, though, so not all is lost if you can't attend in person but want to stay up on the action.

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