Yearly main platform builders, engineers and executives collect at Google I/O to debate all the Android goodies of the 12 months. The convention is normally held in Spring, and Google’s Builders Twitter account has simply despatched out an encrypted message resulting in a puzzle recreation, teasing the primary clues as to when and the place I/O 2018 can be held.
The tweet under was despatched out at midnight and appropriately shows a binary sequence of ones and zeroes:
Plans are coming alongside for #io18… pic.twitter.com/48VpqvVqWU
— Google Builders (@googledevs)
January 24, 2018
Translation from binary to textual content reveals a webpage: google.com/io (okay, may’ve simply guessed that one). However from then on, it will get extra fascinating.
The location reveals a Google Maps web page with a message that provides to take you behind the scenes of I/O 2018. From right here on in, you are concerned in a puzzle recreation based mostly in Google Maps that’s strewn with clues as to particulars of this 12 months’s occasion, full with mysterious ambient music.
On the street view mode of Google Maps, you’ll be able to stroll into one of many firm’s workplace buildings and discover a room. A number of completely different objects have an identification icon hovering over them, together with a calendar displaying August 5 (which is Nationwide Sister Day), a plate of sushi, and a e book titled ‘Sister Carrie’.
To progress by means of the door on the opposite finish, you’re prompted to enter the town title that Google seeks. It has already been found, based mostly on the sister theme of the primary room’s clues, that the reply is ‘Iwata‘, Mountain View’s sister metropolis.
The following location is a gathering room. There are much more intriguing objects on this room that should act as hints-a pineapple cake (Android P?), a chessboard, two hundred-sided cube, a sketch of Australia, portray of Demeter (?), and extra. To exit the room, you could work out the importance of those objects to reply the query: “What three numbers can we search?”
Based mostly on the interface, that is simply the second room out of 4, every presumably extra devious than the final.
Google positively is aware of learn how to get our consideration.
What do you assume?
It is easy to get sucked into Google’s fiendish puzzle recreation, and I would encourage you all to provide it a try to see how far you’ll be able to progress by means of the rooms. There’s even an energetic Discord the place you’ll be able to be part of with varied journalists and fans making an attempt to crack Google’s code.
Are you excited for I/O 2018? Have you ever noticed something fascinating in Google’s puzzle?