In characteristic fashion, Google launched a scavenger hunt containing clues to the dates of its annual developer conference. Google I/O 2018 will return to the Shoreline Amphitheatre from May 8 to May 10, and it looks like we'll get a first look at Android P at the event.

Google I/O 2018

The initial tweet turned out to be binary code for the google.com/io page, which led users to a Street View pointed at the reception area of a Google Developers office. One of the clues included a pineapple cake, which is a subtle hint (or perfect troll) at a possible name for the next version of Android. The folks in the Discord discussion group were able to solve the puzzle to reveal the date and location of I/O 2018 — May 8-10, once again at the Shoreline Amphitheatre right in Google's backyard. Google then confirmed the dates and location:

Ticketing will open up on February 22 and run for five days, which means that Google's sticking with its lottery system. Fill out an application, and cross your fingers that you're randomly selected to (pay to) attend!

I/O 2017 focused on Android O, Google Assistant updates, the entry-level Android Go platform, standalone Daydream headsets, and much more. Considering the attention Google lavished on Assistant earlier this month at CES, we're likely to hear more about the company's future plans in this area.