Google I/O 2013 companion app brings new lock screen widget and more

May 9, 2013
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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!

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