[Update: Registration Open] Google I/O 2018 Starts May 8 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre
Google enjoys being cryptic sometimes, and it’s created some interesting puzzles over the years. (At one point the company recruited engineers with billboard placements that lead to math equations.) Last year, the search giant published an online brain teaser containing the dates of Google I/O 2017, and it did the exact same thing this year. The solution shows the date of this year’s Google I/O 2018 developer conference: May 8 through May 10.
The puzzle was originally posted by the Google Developers account on Twitter at 3 a.m. EST, and used the hashtag for #io18, which is presumably the hashtag for Google I/O 2018. A cryptic image attached to the tweet led people to the Google I/O website, which has been turned into an escape room-style Google Maps Street View experience set in a Google campus building. The lobby of the building contains a calendar, the novel “Sister Carrie” by Theodore Dreiser, a photo of the Three Sisters volcanic peaks in Oregon, and a painting of what appear to be the Brontë sisters.
— Google Developers (@googledevs) January 24, 2018
The puzzle was eventually solved by 100 Discord users at The Verge, revealing the dates of this year’s Google I/O 2018. Google took the opportunity to tease the name of the next version of Android with an image of a pineapple upside-down cake.
Google’s puzzle was certainly an interesting one. When manufacturers tease new smartphones, they typically send out press invites that feature images promoting the phone’s design and include the date, time, and location of the launch event. They might not flat-out reveal the device that’s going to be unveiled, but they usually give some sort of hint.
Google sometimes follows that convention, but usually prefers to blaze its own trail. We at XDA have no objection — it’s more fun this way.