Google I/O 2023: How to Watch, Pixel Fold Reveal, Pixel Tablet and What to Expect #GeekLeap

This yr’s Google I/O may show vital for the search large, particularly with robust AI competitors from Microsoft and ChatGPT. 

As Google gears up for this month’s I/O occasion, the corporate continues to be taking part in catch-up to OpenAI’s ChatGPT. OpenAI sped previous Google in releasing an AI-powered chatbot to market late final yr, 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 current earnings name. And Bing’s revamped AI search, which piggybacks off of ChatGPT, is giving Google some competitors within the web search enterprise, with Bing seeing almost 16% progress. 

Whereas it is seemingly Google will spend a big period of time focusing by itself AI developments, it will seemingly additionally take the time to offer new product particulars, together with updates to the Pixel Pill and the potential unveiling of its first foldable cellphone. 

This is the whole lot it is best to count on from Google I/O 2023.

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When is Google I/O 2023?

This yr’s Google I/O will happen on Might 10, with the keynote beginning at 10 a.m. PT. For these enthusiastic about tuning into the livestream, you will have to register on the Google I/O web site. 

Is Google I/O in particular person?

This yr’s I/O will even be the primary since 2019 with press attendance. CNET will probably be on the bottom reporting on the newest developments. Sadly, it will not be open to the general public. 

Anticipate plenty of AI

screenshot from Google I/O May 2022

Sundar Pichai talks about PaLM at Google I/O 2022


Final yr’s Google I/O put a powerful deal with the corporate’s AI developments. CEO Sundar Pichai talked about its fashions having the ability to summarize conferences and huge quantities of texts whereas additionally having the ability to perceive jokes. Nonetheless, none of those merchandise had been made out there to the general public. And after one former Googler began saying the corporate’s AI chatbot had grow to be sentient, Google was understandably hesitant to offer members of the general public or press a chance to speak to this AI chatbot. 

However then got here ChatGPT late final yr. OpenAI was in a position to do what Google could not: launch an AI chatbot to the general public without spending a dime. It isn’t that it was out of Google’s capability to take action. Fairly, 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, ultimately reforming its AI groups after months of turmoil. It is also value 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 huge datasets of human-written textual content that is out there 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 details 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 yr, Microsoft restricted Bing’s chat to 5 replies to maintain issues from getting too freaky, after Bing’s AI chatbot instructed New York Occasions reporter Kevin Roose it liked 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 (presumably 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 exhausting to say if Google will reveal, and even trace at, Magi. It might want extra time to gestate earlier than being given a full public unveiling. 

Both approach, count on 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 yr’s I/O. 

In relation to {hardware}, Google is seldom shy to unveil 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 basic Star Wars line. 

The video reveals a glossy 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 seems to be to be nearer to the Oppo Discover N. Which means when closed, it would have a extra conventional smartphone 18:9 facet ratio, as a substitute of the lengthy sweet bar form of a closed Z Fold 4. And when opened up, it will be extra sq. than it’s rectangular. The bezels on the inside show do appear to be chunkier than Samsung’s foldable. 

Rumors reported by Entrance Web page Tech say the Pixel Fold will solely are available in both obsidian (black) or chalk (white). It’s going to 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 digicam system, just like the one discovered on the Pixel 5 from 2020, in keeping with 9to5Google. Provided that the present Pixel 7 Professional has a wonderful, virtually DSLR-level, digicam, a $1,000-plus cellphone in 2023 utilizing a digicam from three years prior can 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 yr’s premium Pixel gadget. Rumors are pointing to a Pixel 7A reveal at I/O. It’s going to reportedly be $50 dearer than final yr’s Pixel 6A at $499. Provided that the usual Pixel 7 could be had for $599, the A-series may be chopping it a bit too shut on value if the rumor seems to be true.

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

Both approach, count on incremental upgrades across the board for the Pixel 7A. Identical to different A-series gadgets, it will seemingly sport the identical Tensor chip discovered on its flagship counterparts, whereas additionally bringing enhancements to the digicam, display screen and construct. 

Google will even seemingly shed extra particulars on the Pixel Pill. The corporate has already mentioned it will arrive this yr, and with its dock — which will probably be offered individually, probably for $129 per a current Amazon itemizing — it could possibly additionally act as a sensible show. Since Google has ended software program assist for third-party sensible shows, some may really feel it essential to improve. 

Android 14 and Pixel 8 teaser


Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Professional.

Andrew Lanxon/CNET

Whereas the Android 14 beta is on the market proper now for Pixel gadgets, count on Google to offer extra particulars on the following model of its cell working system. Google mentioned it will convey larger foldable and pill compatibility in Android 14, in keeping with a February weblog submit. It is excellent news because the Android expertise on bigger screens seems like an afterthought. 

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

Possible, 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 executed in earlier years. Provided that Pixel gadgets are inclined to leak on-line months earlier than their launch, it appears that evidently Google’s discovered it higher to tease it upfront slightly than cope with pre-release leak whack-a-mole. 

For extra, take a look at our checklist of Google merchandise we’re anticipating this yr and the way the Pixel Fold can save foldable telephones.

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