Silicon Valley is entering its second year of virtual events, and Google and Apple are moving forward with online summits for app developers amid the ongoing pandemic.
First up: Google’s I / O conference, which runs May 18-20, the internet giant said. Plans for the online event were made public just days after Apple announced it would be holding its WWDC Developer Conference online from June 7-11.
Both summits are expected to focus on the future of smartphone software, with Apple and Google expected to unveil new features for iOS and Android operating systems.
Last year, Google skipped the I / O conference altogether and limited itself to a handful of digital presentations.
Both conferences traditionally attract thousands of developers keen to see new products and features related to Android and iOS. The pandemic, however, has once again made real-world events impossible.
Apple’s WWDC is expected to last several days as usual, but Facebook has shortened the online version of its F8 developer conference to one day this year. It should take place on June 2.
The first major public event in the smartphone industry since the start of the pandemic remains the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, scheduled for the end of June.
Even as Europe battles a third wave of coronavirus infections, organizers hope more than 40,000 attendees will be in attendance to see the latest tech gadgets.
Various well-known exhibitors such as network providers Ericsson and Nokia as well as Facebook and Google, among others, have already withdrawn.
Although a WWDC ticket recently cost US $ 1,600 (RM6,616), developer interest in the Apple conference is usually so great that tickets are issued at random. This year, like last year, the online version will be free and open to all developers. – dpa