Today is the big day! Google I/O 2023 starts at 10 AM PT. This means it’s that time of year when we can look forward to a bunch of exciting new product launches. Including the highly anticipated Pixel Fold and Pixel Tablet. The company will also share exciting new developments about Android 14.
So if you’re excited about all these, and would like to learn about them from the convenience of your home, you can join the event online.
When and Where can I watch Google I/O 2023 keynote?
As mentioned earlier, the event is scheduled to begin at 10 AM PT on May 10. You can watch the I/O 2023 event live from Google’s website or tune into Google’s YouTube channel. If you happen to miss the live stream, you can always watch a recorded version of the event on YouTube later.
Now that we have that covered, let’s talk about all the announcements we are expecting from Google during the event.
I/O 2023 is certain to bring us the launch of the company’s first foldable device, the Pixel Fold. While rumors of its development have circulated for some time, Google surprised us last week by offering a sneak peek of the Pixel Fold.
Thanks to the official teaser, we know what the Pixel Fold looks like. And no wonder, it folds horizontally like a book, similar to other foldable on the market. But there’s still much to discover as Google has kept the details tightly under wraps.
It’s highly likely that the company will utilize the Tensor G2 SoC and offer a 5.8-inch cover display which expands to a 7.6-inch screen when unfolded. Also, it could bear a price tag of around $1800. So, it will be interesting to see what Google does to justify the rumored price. And how it competes with Samsung’s Z Fold 4.
Google Pixel Tablet
We’re also excited to see the Pixel Tablet at this event, even though Google hasn’t confirmed its launch. It was announced at last year’s Google I/O, so we expect its introduction during the I/O 2023 event.
Rumors suggest that Google will include a unique charging cum speaker dock with the tablet. This addon will transform the tablet into a smart hub, enabling users to control their smart home accessories. Additionally, the dock’s built-in speakers make it a versatile entertainment system.
Furthermore, the latest rumors indicate that the Pixel Tablet may come equipped with Google’s Tensor G2 chip, Android 13, 8GB of RAM, and an 11-inch display featuring a nanoceramic finish. In terms of pricing, a recent Amazon listing suggests a price point of around USD 600.
Google Pixel 7a
The Pixel 7a is currently Google’s worst-kept secret. Its renders, specifications, and even the price have been widely circulated on the internet. Some users have even begun selling it on eBay. As a result, there isn’t much left to discover about the Pixel 7a.
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The device will include a Tensor G2 chip, a 90Hz display, and a 64MP main camera. The latter two are some of the features that are never before seen in Google’s budget-friendly A-series devices. However, these upgrades come might increase the device’s price, as rumors suggest the Pixel 7a could cost $50 more than the Pixel 6a, at $499. The device will most likely be available in four colorways—Charcoal, Snow, Sea, and Coral—with the last being exclusive to Google Store.
A preview of the Pixel 8 series?
Similar to last year, Google might provide us with a sneak peek of the Pixel 8 series in the I/O 2023. We know that the lineup will initially consist of two devices, namely the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. While there isn’t much information available about these devices, rumors suggest that the Pixel 8 Pro will boast Samsung’s largest ISOCELL GN2 sensor as its main camera.
Android 14 “Upside Down Cake”
No Google I/O event is complete without the official introduction of the latest Android OS. It’s now time for Android 14, which has been available since February. The new version, code-named ‘Upside Down Cake,’ is anticipated to bring a few modest additions compared to the current Android version.
So far, in the Beta stage, we haven’t seen any significant interface changes. However, we can expect that to change at I/O 2023 as Google will showcase visible changes and alterations coming to Android 14.
Additionally, we can look forward to the new OS featuring enhancements specifically designed for foldable devices, tablets, and larger screens. This makes it a perfect fit for the event, especially with the introduction of the Pixel Fold.
AI announcements by Google in I/O 2023
With the increasing popularity of AI tools like ChatGPT, Google might make significant AI-related announcements during its I/O 2023 keynote.
According to reports, the event will see the launch of PaLM 2, the latest version of their large language model (LLM) that supports over 100 languages. The company is also testing generative AI tools in Workspace, starting with Docs and Gmail. During I/O, Google might expand those features to include Sheets and Slides, announcing the broader availability of these tools.
Furthermore, expect to see enhancements to ChatGPT’s rival, Bard. More importantly, the company could add support for the Japanese and Korean languages in the chatbot. Furthermore, Google might introduce more exciting features and enhancements for Bard at the event. And that’s definitely building our anticipation.