Google I/O: What to Expect and How to Watch It Live Tomorrow

The countdown to Google I/O 2023 is sort of over. The corporate’s annual developer convention takes place tomorrow, and it may show vital for the search big, particularly with robust AI competitors from Microsoft and ChatGPT. 

As Google gears up for Wednesday’s occasion, the corporate remains to be taking part in catchup to OpenAI’s ChatGPT. OpenAI sped previous Google in releasing an AI-powered chatbot to market late final 12 months, and Google has been fumbling to counter with one thing as dramatic. Bard, Google’s reply to ChatGPT, has proved to be mediocre by comparability. Traders had loads of AI questions throughout Google’s latest earnings name. And Bing’s revamped AI search, which piggybacks off ChatGPT, is giving Google some competitors within the web search enterprise, with Bing seeing almost 16% progress. 

Although it is probably Google will spend a major period of time focusing by itself AI developments, it additionally appears like the corporate will commit time to new merchandise, together with its first foldable cellphone and updates to the Pixel Pill. 

This is every little thing you need to anticipate from Google I/O 2023.

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When is Google I/O 2023?

This 12 months’s Google I/O will happen on Might 10, with the keynote beginning at 10 a.m. PT. For these focused on watching livestream, you’ll be able to register on the Google I/O web site or tune in on YouTube. In the event you’d slightly learn concerning the occasion, CNET is protecting all of the happenings at Google I/O reside. You’ll be able to observe alongside right here.

Is Google I/O in individual?

This 12 months’s I/O may also be the primary since 2019 with press attendance. CNET will likely be on the bottom reporting on the most recent developments. Sadly, it will not be open to the general public. 

Count on plenty of AI

screenshot from Google I/O May 2022

Sundar Pichai talks about PaLM at Google I/O 2022


Final 12 months’s Google I/O put a robust give attention to the corporate’s AI developments. CEO Sundar Pichai talked about its fashions having the ability to summarize conferences and enormous quantities of texts whereas additionally having the ability to perceive jokes. Nevertheless, none of those merchandise had been made obtainable to the general public. And after one former Googler began saying the corporate’s AI chatbot had turn into sentient, Google was understandably hesitant to offer members of the general public or press a possibility to speak to this AI chatbot. 

However then got here ChatGPT late final 12 months. OpenAI was in a position to do what Google could not: launch an AI chatbot to the general public without cost. It is not that it was out of Google’s capability to take action. Somewhat, Google felt it will be irresponsible to take action. This was after Google fired its heads of AI ethics in late 2020 and early 2021, finally reforming its AI groups after months of turmoil. It is also price noting that AI chatbots may threaten Google’s core ads-driven search enterprise mannequin. 

However these AI merchandise have some issues to deal with. Chatbots like Bard or ChatGPT work by pulling from large datasets of human-written textual content that is obtainable on-line. The issue is that people have sure biases, and chatbots can generally lean into these biases. And since chatbots are extra like autocorrect on steroids, the purpose is not to get the information proper, however to get the following generated phrase proper. This could generally result in “hallucinations,” conditions the place a chatbot confidently presents inaccurate responses. Earlier this 12 months, Microsoft restricted Bing’s chat to 5 replies to maintain issues from getting too freaky, after Bing’s AI chatbot advised New York Occasions reporter Kevin Roose it cherished him and he ought to go away his spouse. 

Provided that Google fumbled the launch of Bard, which despatched the inventory tumbling, and that Samsung could also be reportedly trying to change to Bing on its handsets (probably due to Bing’s integration with ChatGPT), Pichai and Co. want to make use of their stage presence to impress.

The New York Occasions reported that Google is actively engaged on an AI-powered search engine, code-named Magi. Whereas we have been unable to independently confirm this, it is arduous to say if Google will reveal, and even trace at, Magi. It could want extra time to gestate earlier than being given a full public unveiling. 

Both method, anticipate a number of new AI merchandise introduced and all of the methods Google feels its AI engines surpass the competitors.

Time to unfold the Pixel Fold

A render of the Pixel Fold, unfolded flat and seen from the back -- one side an outer display, the other a flat back with camera bump and Google 'G' logo.

The Google Pixel Fold in render type.

Entrance Web page Tech

After years of rumors, Android followers will lastly see a real Google-made Pixel foldable at this 12 months’s I/O. 

Relating to {hardware}, Google is seldom shy about unveiling its newest merchandise early. On the unofficial Star Wars vacation, Might the Fourth, Google, by way of a tweet, posted a brief video on-line with the hashtag #PixelFold. The Made by Google Twitter account tweeted out “Might the Fold Be With You,” a pun on the traditional Star Wars line, “Might the Pressure be with you.”

The video reveals a smooth and comparatively skinny foldable gadget floating in air. When unfolded, it has a extra squat design, a departure from the lengthy and slender aesthetic of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4. It appears to be nearer to the Oppo Discover N. Meaning when closed, it’s going to have a extra conventional smartphone 18:9 side ratio, as an alternative of the lengthy sweet bar form of a closed Z Fold 4. And when opened up, it’s going to be extra sq. than it’s rectangular. The bezels on the internal show do appear to be chunkier than Samsung’s foldable. 

Rumors reported by Entrance Web page Tech say the Pixel Fold will come solely in both obsidian (black) or chalk (white). It will additionally reportedly be closer to the $1,800 range and can launch on June 27.

One rumor we’re hoping is not true is that the Pixel Fold will use a a lot older digital camera system, just like the one discovered on the Pixel 5 from 2020, in response to 9to5Google. Provided that the present Pixel 7 Professional has a wonderful, nearly DSLR-level, digital camera, a $1,000-plus cellphone in 2023 utilizing a digital camera from three years prior could be a particular letdown. 

Pixel 7A and Pixel Pill

Google Pixel 7 tablet

The Google Pixel Pill on a shelf.


Google normally takes time at I/O to unveil a less expensive model of final 12 months’s premium Pixel gadget. Rumors are pointing to a Pixel 7A reveal at I/O. It will reportedly be $50 costlier than final 12 months’s Pixel 6A at $499. Provided that the usual Pixel 7 will be had for $599, the A-series could be reducing it a bit too shut on worth if the rumor seems to be true.

At that time, it could be higher to attend for a sale or worth minimize on the Pixel 7 or purchase one utilized in excellent situation. 

Both method, anticipate incremental upgrades across the board for the Pixel 7A. Identical to different A-series units, it’s going to probably sport the identical Tensor chip discovered on its flagship counterparts, whereas additionally bringing enhancements to the digital camera, display screen and construct. 

Google may also probably shed extra particulars on the Pixel Pill, which briefly appeared in a now-removed Amazon Japan itemizing on Sunday. The corporate has already stated it will arrive this 12 months, and with its dock — which will likely be bought individually, doubtlessly for $129 per one other latest Amazon itemizing — it could possibly additionally act as a wise show. Since Google has ended software program help for third-party sensible shows, some would possibly really feel it essential to improve. 

Android 14 and Pixel 8 teaser


Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Professional.

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Whereas the Android 14 beta is on the market proper now for Pixel units, anticipate Google to offer extra particulars on the following model of its cellular working system. Google stated it will carry larger foldable and pill compatibility in Android 14, in response to a February weblog put up. It is excellent news because the Android expertise on bigger screens appears like an afterthought. 

Apart from that, Google has already talked about satellite tv for pc connectivity. Additionally anticipate the usual incremental enhancements to hurry, battery life and ease of use. 

Probably, Google will not go away the presentation with out giving followers a small glimpse at its subsequent flagship smartphone, the Pixel 8, because it’s completed in earlier years. Provided that Pixel units are inclined to leak on-line months earlier than their launch, evidently Google’s discovered it higher to tease it upfront slightly than take care of pre-release leak whack-a-mole. 

For extra, try our listing of Google merchandise we’re anticipating this 12 months and the way the Pixel Fold can save foldable telephones.

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