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

The Google I/O companion app has been updated for the 2013 edition, and it comes with a whole host of new changes. Read on to find out more!
May 9, 2013
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.


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!