What is Google I/O, and why should you care?

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If you’ve been browsing the technology news over the past few days, you may have seen “Google I/O” pop up a couple times. But what is it, and more importantly, what does it mean for you?

Every year Google hosts its developer’s conference, called I/O (fun fact, I/O in developer terms stands for input/output). As the name suggests, it was started for developers to gather and learn more information about new Google software and tools. In recent years, though, Google has mixed in quite a lot of announcements that directly relate to consumers, whether that’s through Android, or through services like Google Photos or Assistant.

The conference typically lasts for three days, and this year it runs from the 8th to the 10th. The whole event kicks off with the keynote, which is one of the most exciting sessions during the whole event. During the keynote, you can expect a broad overview of new products, services, and tools that will slowly be released throughout the year. This includes future developments which culminate in Google’s Pixel lineup later in the year, details on new Android updates, new software developments, new apps, and much much more.

To the average consumer, not much breathes any immediate relevance or importance. That importance only becomes realized later on in the year when those developments make their way into the products. Some announcements are available immediately, though — take the announcement of Google Photos at I/O 2015 for example.

But considering that the keynote is tomorrow at 1 p.m. EST, is there any reason why you, a consumer, should care to watch it? The answer is a definite yes! If you’re curious at all about technology or you just love new features, it’s a great event to watch. While you can’t expect to see working demos of everything, the speakers at Google I/O always give examples of how it can be applied to consumer products.

For anybody who uses Google products, I/O is an extremely important event simply because it’s where the latest in Google products and services are announced. Physical products aren’t often announced at I/O — that happens at their September Pixel event. But sometimes new apps or services are announced and released at I/O.

Of course, if you can’t watch the event live, you can always stay tuned to YourTechExplained where we’ll be sharing the highlights of what’s happening during the I/O keynote.