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We’re just a week away from Google I/O 2013, and in anticipation of the event, Google has pushed out a really nice update for the Google I/O companion app.
The app has been equipped with some awesome features, such as a lock screen widget to view your schedule on the go. Take a peek at the changelog:

  • NEW! Scan attendee badges via NFC
  • NEW! Schedule changes are immediately synchronized between devices
  • NEW! Lock screen widget for viewing your agenda on the go
  • NEW! Vector-based maps with session info
  • NEW! Dedicated HDMI video output for livestreams
  • NEW! Automatic WiFi setup for attendees
  • NEW! Off-site attendee mode for livestream-only viewers
  • Use Google+ for login
  • Support for viewing Office Hours sessions
  • Improved support for devices with RTL locales

When launching the app, you’ll be able to sign in with your Google+ credentials, and after that you’ll be asked if you’re attending the event. If you’re not attending Google I/O 2013, the app won’t setup Wi-Fi access and let you choose your event schedule. Instead, it will only show sessions that will be livestreamed.

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The Google I/O 2013 companion app is also equipped with a beautiful Google Now-esque design. Additionally, it has optimized support for phones, 7- and 10-inch tablets, and works on devices running Android 2.3.3 or higher.

Aside from all of that, there’s a Google I/O countdown timer at the bottom of the sessions page, you’ll find a map of the conference building in the “Explore” tab, and there’s also a social stream under the “Stream” page. Just hit the Source link below to download the app.

Google I/O is going to be really excited this year, as there’s some big changes coming. Between Google Babel, a possible gaming platform and more Chrome OS news, I can hardly wait. Only a few more days to go!

Be sure to keep your browsers locked on Android Authority, as we’ll be bring you all the latest from this exciting event!

Brad Ward
Residing in Eastern Michigan, Brad is a lover of all-things Android. Technology has always been a fascination for him. His first phone was the Motorola Atrix 2 with a recent upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. He enjoys gaming, weightlifting, reading, creating ideas and most of all, writing.
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