updated 03:25 pm EST, Mon November 28, 2011
Google IO delay hints at big Android plans
Google said this morning that it was delaying its high-profile I/O conference by two months in return for more time. Originally slated to start April 24 and last for two days, it's now due to start on June 27 and will have a third extra day. An "unexpected opportunity" let it move to the later but longer schedule, Google said.
The event will take place at Google's preferred choice of Moscone Center West in San Francisco's core.
Google has noted that it was caught somewhat off-guard and has been taking a poll as to what it can do to help fill the third day. The extra day is still unusually long and hints that Google may have extra plans in store for Jelly Bean, the first expected major Android version past 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Google+ game development might also contribute to the expanded role.
Developers will face tougher entrance conditions for the event. Details will come later, but they'll be expected to demonstrate their programming skills to register. The process suggests Google is seeing more demand than it can handle and is trying to intentionally filter the audience rather than let it sell out in hours or minutes, as Apple does.
The timing may unintentionally help rule out some of Apple's own plans for the World Wide Developer Conference. It often chooses June for its events and also uses the Moscone Center. Google's choice for I/O dates rules out Apple holding WWDC that week.