Attending Google's Android developer events has become as easy as a click of a mouse. And this week your thumb will be especially click-happy as the company holds its massive three-day developer conference Google I/O beginning Wednesday, in which it will also Webcast its live sessions.
The Google I/O Webcasts are part of the company's recent efforts to connect Google Android developers with the greater Android community, via a virtual setting.
No Travel Required
Google's Android developers host weekly events to connect with other Android developers to answer development questions and to review apps and games. These sessions are live and available for anyone to watch and join via Google Hangouts On Air. During the last several months, the engineering teams have updated camera microphone equipment and fleshed out show formats.
Last week, Google unveiled a newly designed developer's hub complete with event schedules for all developer products. These events give developers the opportunity to connect with other companies and Google engineers to discuss Google technologies. As a developer, it's important to connect with others to work through code issues or ask specific coding questions.
Break In Our Regularly Scheduled Programming
While Google I/O is underway, however, its live Office Hours hangout for Android developers have been suspended until the conference is over on Friday.
In the meantime, before the conference starts later this week, you can catch up on previous sessions via the Android developers YouTube channel. All three weekly shows - Office Hours, Friday Game Review and Friday App Review - are available on the YouTube channel.
Making the Local Connection
A handy directory for connecting developers with local user groups is also listed on the new Google developers site. These groups generally meet once a month in a central location for code reviews, hackathons, code sprints, tech talks, demos, and more.
"A GDG [Google Developer Group] can take many forms -- from just a few people getting together to watch our latest video, to large gatherings with demos and tech talks, to events like code sprints and hackathons. However, at the core, GDGs are focused on developers and technical content, and the core audience should be developers."
If you haven't already, join a local developer's group and follow Android Developers on Google Plus too.