Google I/O 2023: How to watch and what to expect

by The Insights

Google I/O is almost here, which means the launch of the highly anticipated Pixel Fold and Pixel Tablet is right around the corner. While the annual conference is largely aimed at developers, the company still holds a keynote revealing the latest and greatest things that will find their way into the hands of consumers.

If you’d like to watch the keynote live but aren’t attending the event, here’s all the info on when and where you can stream it, and what to expect. .

When is the Google I/O 2023 keynote?

Google I/O 2023’s keynote keynote will begin May 10, 2023 at 1pm ET / 10am PT and will feature remarks from Google CEO Sundar Pichai. This year, the event will be held in person with a limited live audience at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA.

Where can I watch the Google I/O keynote?

There are several places you can watch the keynote online, including on Google’s website, on Google’s YouTube channel, and through the video embedded at the very top of this article. If you’re not around to watch the live stream, you can always watch a recorded version of the event on YouTube afterwards.

With all that out of the way, here are some of the things we expect Google to announce at the event.

More details on the Google Pixel Fold

Google’s first foldable has long been rumored to be in the works, but Google surprised us all by making it official last week. The company released an image and video of the Pixel Fold, which shows a device that folds horizontally, like a book.

Although Google didn’t reveal any details on its specs, an earlier report from CNBC suggested the device could feature a 5.8-inch screen when closed and a 7.6-inch screen when unfolded. , the same size as Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4.

Under the hood, the Pixel Fold is expected to use Google’s Tensor G2, the system-on-chip used by the Pixel 7 series devices. Like other foldables on the market, the Pixel Fold likely won’t come cheap. According to CNBC, it could cost upwards of $1,700.

The launch of the Google Pixel tablet

The Google Pixel tablet is another device we’ve been waiting for a long time, with Google first unveiling the Android-powered tablet at its I/O conference in 2022. While initial images of the device didn’t make its design particularly promising, recent leaks show a tablet that integrates with the rest of the Pixel ecosystem, available in a range of color options.

Google has previously said the tablet will come with an included charging dock and speaker that will allow you to use the device as a smart display, such as the Amazon Echo Show. The latest rumors of 9to5Google Also say it could come with Google’s Tensor G2 chip, Android 13, 8GB of RAM, a nano-ceramic finish and an 11-inch screen.

A first announcement of the Pixel tablet on Amazon (which has since been deleted) corroborates these rumors, but it also indicates that the device could come with two 8-megapixel cameras on the front and back, three microphones, up to 256 GB of storage and the USI 2.0 pen support. However, we still don’t know how much the Pixel tablet will cost. no rumors between €600 and €650 in Europe, but Google’s European prices are sometimes higher than those in the United States.

A look at the heavily leaked Google Pixel 7A mid-range

The Google Pixel 7A has been leaked several times over the past few months, and at this point it’s almost inevitable that it will make an appearance at I/O. Not only did we take a look at a new sky blue color option, but we also saw the box the device will be packed in. Heck, someone even managed to get their hands on the Pixel 7A back in March.

Some of the rumored specs of the device include a Tensor G2 chip, an upgraded 64MP main camera, and a 13MP ultrawide camera. It could also launch with two features not seen before with Google’s budget A-series devices: a 90Hz refresh rate and wireless charging support. These upgrades come with a bit of a tradeoff though, as rumors suggest it could cost $50 more than the $499 Pixel 6A.

More info on the Android 14 foldable

We’ll definitely hear more on Google I/O about Android 14, which features some improvements for foldables, tablets and devices with larger screens – a perfect fit for the event showcasing the Pixel Fold. The Android 14 beta is already available, with Google rolling out the first version of the OS last month.

Since then, Google has been gradually adding new features to Android 14, like a new back arrow that blends in with your background, support for passkeys, improved battery life, and better control over your privacy in your device’s media library. Android 14 is also expected to add improved font scaling ahead of its public rollout later this year.

A look at the Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro

Image: OnLeaks and Smartprix

Along with the potential Pixel 7A launch, Google could also give us a look at the upcoming Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, just like it did with the Pixel 7 during last year’s I/O. Google isn’t expected to officially launch the device until the fall, so it’s entirely possible the company will skip an early preview and instead focus on newer devices like the Fold. But if Google shows something, we already know a bit what to expect.

Leaked renders of Smartprice and OnLeaks reveal a redesigned camera bar on the Pixel 8 Pro that includes all three cameras in a single oval cutout. There is also a sensor located under the flash which Smartprice think it could be a macro or a depth sensor. Renders of the standard Pixel 8, however, show a similar camera setup to the Pixel 7.

The Pixel 8 Pro is expected to come with a 6.52-inch display with more rounded corners, a punch-hole selfie camera, and 12GB of RAM, while the standard Pixel 8 will feature a 6.2-inch display with 8GB of RAM . Another discovery of 9to5Google indicates that the Pixel 8 series may come with an exclusive Video Unblur tool to sharpen videos.

Expect some AI surprises

With the launch of Google’s ChatGPT rival Bard, Google has gone all out on AI, and it’s likely that Google will use some of its I/O talk to make some sort of AI-related announcements.

Internal documents obtained by CNBC indicate that Google is preparing an AI-powered presentation that will include the launch of PaLM 2, the latest version of the company’s large language model (LLM) that supports more than 100 different languages. The company recently said it was testing generative AI tools in Workspace, starting with Docs and Gmail, but CNBC’s report suggests Google will use I/O to announce it’s expanding those features to Sheets and Slides .

Google could also announce some improvements to Bard. Along with letting you use the bot to generate, debug, and explain lines of code, the company would reveal “generative experiments” on Bard and research involving coding, math, and “logic” while adding the take in charge of Japanese and Korean languages. . This also follows reports that Google will release new AI-powered search tools this month.

Nothing else?

It’s always possible that Google might reveal a generic product, like an update to the Pixel Watch. And a new Pixel Buds A-series color seems to be on the table. But with the launch of the Pixel tablet and the Pixel Fold, Google will be hosting quite an exciting event.

The company is more likely to sprinkle small announcements between its hardware launches, like Maps, Photos and Google Assistant updates. It may even have news to share about its smart home products as it continues to add new features to its Google Home app.

If you want to stay up to date with the latest announcements from Google, be sure to stay tuned to our Google I/O stories feed.

Update May 8, 5:34 p.m. ET: Updated to add additional information on expected AI announcements from Google.

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