Today, at 1 pm Eastern Time (10:30 pm Indian Standard Time), the Google I/O 2023 conference will commence at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. The keynote event, headlined by Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet and Google, is expected to feature major announcements.
This event is an annual developer conference organized by Google that highlights its latest technologies and products and is eagerly anticipated by the tech industry, drawing thousands of attendees from around the globe. The event will be streamed live across different platforms.
Typically, Google places more emphasis on software rather than hardware, but at this year’s developer conference, there may be significant announcements pertaining to Google’s artificial intelligence initiatives. Google I/O 2023 arrives at a juncture when tech powerhouses such as Google and Microsoft are competing to develop and introduce highly effective AI systems.
Google I/O 2023 – What to Expect
Google I/O 2023 is one of the most highly anticipated events in the tech industry. The annual developer conference, organized by Google, is known for showcasing the latest products and technologies from the tech giant. This year’s conference is expected to be no different, with plenty of exciting announcements on the horizon.
Google I/O 2023 is anticipated to make a major announcement about the launch of Android 14, which is expected to arrive on smartphones later this year. In the previous month, Google declared the release of Android 14 Beta 1, suggesting that the company and device manufacturers are presently working on bringing the next version of Android to smartphones.
Despite the lack of information about the new features or improvements in Android 14, the developer preview that was released in March showcased novel privacy features and passkey support. This implies that Google might be focusing on user security and privacy in the forthcoming release.
Google is highly anticipated to announce the release of the Pixel 7a smartphone, succeeding the well-received Pixel 6a. The upcoming device is predicted to include enhancements like an improved refresh rate display, better cameras, and wireless charging support.
Recent rumors suggest that the Pixel 7a will come equipped with a 6.1-inch 90Hz OLED screen, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, a Tensor G2 chip, a redesigned rear camera system, and the capability to charge wirelessly. The Pixel 7a’s launch has been confirmed for Thursday in India, and it will be available for purchase on Flipkart.
Next version of Wear OS
Google is anticipated to unveil the latest version of Wear OS, its smartwatch operating system, alongside the new Android release. The forthcoming version may introduce enhancements like enhanced fitness tracking, longer battery life, and revamped user interfaces.
Google has been hinting at the launch of its inaugural foldable phone, Pixel Fold, which could potentially rival Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4. While the tech giant hasn’t divulged any details concerning the phone’s specifications or release date, we might finally receive some information during the Google I/O keynote.
According to trusted leaker Roland Quandt, the folding phone’s internal display will be an OLED measuring 7.6 inches (2208×1840, 379 PPI), and the external display will be an OLED measuring 5.8 inches (2092×1080, 408 PPI).
Adopting a book-like design akin to the Samsung Galaxy Fold series and Tecno Phantom V 5G, the phone will sport three rear cameras and a visor-like camera module. It is projected to operate on Google’s Tensor G2 processor and could cost more than $1,700, while also boasting “the most durable hinge on a foldable.”
Google Pixel Tablet
It had been previously announced by Google that a Pixel-branded tablet would be released sometime in 2023, and the upcoming Google I/O keynote could potentially unveil the device. The tablet is expected to come with a charging dock and speakers, effectively functioning as a smart display.
The tablet’s specifications are projected to include an 11-inch display, Tensor G2 chip, Android 13, 8GB of RAM, and a nanoceramic finish. A recent posting on the Amazon Japan website (which was later removed) revealed some specs of the device, such as 8GB RAM, a Tensor G2 chipset, and storage options of either 128GB or 256GB, as well as a 10.95-inch screen with a resolution of 2,560 × 1,600 pixels and 500 nits of brightness, with a battery life of 12 hours of video watching, and front and rear 8MP cameras.
AI plans of Google
Google I/O 2023 is set to be a significant event for the tech giant’s AI-related announcements. Among the highly anticipated reveals is the launch of PaLM 2, Google’s most advanced AI language model yet. This cutting-edge model is capable of supporting over 100 languages and performing tasks such as coding, maths, creative writing, and analysis.
In addition to PaLM 2, Google is expected to provide updates on its “generative experiences” for Bard and Search. This includes the use of Bard for coding, maths, and logic, as well as the expansion of its capabilities in Japanese and Korean languages. Google plans to enhance its Workspace AI collaborator by introducing template creation in Sheets and image creation in its Slides and Meet.
Improvements are also expected for Google Lens, with the multi-search feature announced last year receiving new advancements. Furthermore, Google intends to add more generative AI functionalities to Sheets, Slides, and Meet. This will allow users to input text and create images based on their words.