Google I/O Is This Week: What to Expect and How to Watch Live #GeekLeap

This yr’s Google I/O is simply days away, and it may show important for the search big, particularly with robust AI competitors from Microsoft and ChatGPT. 

As Google gears up for this week’s I/O occasion, the corporate continues to be enjoying 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 ChatGPT, is giving Google some competitors within the web search enterprise, with Bing seeing practically 16% progress. 

Although it is seemingly Google will spend a big period of time focusing by itself AI developments, it additionally seems like the corporate will dedicate time to new merchandise, together with its first foldable telephone and updates to the Pixel Pill. 

Here is all the things you need to anticipate 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 interested by tuning into the livestream, you may must register on the Google I/O web site. 

Is Google I/O in individual?

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

Count on a lot 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 robust 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. Nevertheless, none of those merchandise had been made accessible to the general public. And after one former Googler began saying the corporate’s AI chatbot had change into 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 capable of do what Google could not: launch an AI chatbot to the general public totally free. It is not that it was out of Google’s capability to take action. Somewhat, Google felt it might 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 take care of. Chatbots like Bard or ChatGPT work by pulling from large datasets of human-written textual content that is accessible on-line. The issue is that people have sure biases, and chatbots can typically lean into these biases. And since chatbots are extra like autocorrect on steroids, the purpose is not to get the info proper, however to get the subsequent generated phrase proper. This will typically 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 cherished him and he ought to go away his spouse. 

On condition that Google fumbled the launch of Bard, which despatched the inventory tumbling, and that Samsung could also be reportedly seeking to swap 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 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 yr’s I/O. 

In terms of {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 Drive be with you.”

The video exhibits a glossy and comparatively skinny foldable system 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 nearer to the Oppo Discover N. Meaning when closed, it’s going to have a extra conventional smartphone 18:9 facet 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’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 digital camera system, just like the one discovered on the Pixel 5 from 2020, in accordance with 9to5Google. On condition that the present Pixel 7 Professional has a wonderful, virtually DSLR-level, digital camera, a $1,000-plus telephone 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 often takes time at I/O to unveil a less expensive model of final yr’s premium Pixel system. 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. On condition that the usual Pixel 7 could be had for $599, the A-series may be chopping it a bit too shut on worth if the rumor seems to be true.

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

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

Google can even seemingly shed extra particulars on the Pixel Pill. The corporate has already mentioned it might arrive this yr, and with its dock — which will likely be bought individually, doubtlessly for $129 per a current Amazon itemizing — it may possibly additionally act as a wise show. Since Google has ended software program assist 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.

Andrew Lanxon/CNET

Whereas the Android 14 beta is offered proper now for Pixel gadgets, anticipate Google to offer extra particulars on the subsequent model of its cell working system. Google mentioned it might carry better foldable and pill compatibility in Android 14, in accordance with a February weblog publish. It is excellent news because the Android expertise on bigger screens appears like an afterthought. 

Aside 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 executed in earlier years. On condition 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 quite than cope with pre-release leak whack-a-mole. 

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

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