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What to expect from Google I/O 2023

If you’re a fan of Google’s many digital services or a dedicated Android user this is the event of the year. Google I/O is closing in and we have much to look forward to, both on the hardware and software side. Among other things, the giant tech company is looking to return to the tablet market as well as launch its own foldable phone. With the recent development, it’s also safe to assume that there will be a lot of AI news to look forward to. Here is what you need to know ahead of Google I/O 2023

When is Google I/O 2023?

Google’s annual developer’s conference has historically been set in May, which is the case for this year as well. Back in March, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced that Google I/O 2023 will take place on May 10th. Just like in 2022, it’s going to be an event with a limited in-person audience. Due to the pandemic the 2021 event was held entirely online while the 2020 was canceled completely. Unlike recent years this will be a one-day show, that’s a big step away from it taking up to 3 days.

How can you watch Google I/O 2023?

Since the in-person audience is going to be limited you should not count on getting a ticket for that. Google seems to want people to watch it online, so that is going to be your best option. You can already register for the event at the Google I/O website. It’s free and all you need is an account. If you’re not interested in sitting through the entire show, the main keynote is expected to be broadcasted live on YouTube without any registration required.

What can we expect from Google I/O 2023?

The official plans are not yet public but, as usually is the case with these types of events, there are a couple of rumours and leaks. On the hardware side of things, it’s likely that we get a glimpse of at least one new model. You probably shouldn’t expect the Pixel 8 to be displayed but rather a budget version of the Pixel 7. While that is not the most exciting news, a foldable version or Google’s return to the tablet market most certainly is. 

The company announced a renewed belief and increased support for the format and now we might get a release date for the Pixel Tablet. On top of that, we should get a much better idea of where Android 14 is headed. The next generation Android OS is already in beta testing but so far it doesn’t differ much from Android 13. Hopes are high that this will change with Google I/O 2023 as a whole slew of new features is expected.

A big AI focus

With the recent explosion in AI products, you can be sure that Google has some big announcements prepared. Word is that Google sounded the code red alarm after Microsoft’s launch of Bing AI and the release of ChatGPT 4.0. So far their own version, Bard, has not been as impressive as the competition and the search giant has some catching up to do.

According to the New York Times, they have a whole slew of features up their sleeve. Among other things, an image-generating AI is expected to be showcased. They also seem to have smart tools prepared that will let you try on clothes as well as shoes digitally. Additionally, there is supposedly a tool for other creators that will help them build their own AI apps.

These are just a few highlights of what Google I/O 2023 has in store and you can expect a lot more. It’s going to be well worth it to tune in and if you don’t feel like watching the whole thing make sure to catch the Keynote on YouTube. We will follow up with the rest of the highlights on RuggedInformer.