Google IO 2023 is this year’s edition of the search giant’s developer conference, where it’s likely to make some big tech announcements – including the arrival of Android 14 and a public appearance. declaration of its chatbot rival Bard.
We now know that the Google IO 2023 keynote will be on May 10th, so that’s the day for tech fans to write to their Google calendars. This year, the keynote will be in front of a limited live audience, but there will also be a regular live stream for those unable to make it to California.
So what exactly do we expect from Google IO 2023 and how can you stay on track? We’ve rounded up all the important information about Google’s WWDC equivalent to Apple’s (usually June) in this helpful compilation.
With the rise of AI chatbots like the new Microsoft ChatGPT-Supported Bing, it is understandable that rumors predict Google will put artificial intelligence into most of its services this year. But with Android 14 also likely to play a prominent role, Google IO 2023 is likely to be a must-see for tech fans of all kinds.
- What is it? Google’s Annual Developer Conference
- When? May 10, 2023
- How can I sign up and how much does it cost? You can register on Google events page (opens in a new tab) and it’s free – all you need is a Google account.
What is Google IO 2023 date?
Google has announced that their developer conference and keynote will take place on Wednesday, May 10. Unlike last year, the event was scheduled for one day. .
The timing of the traditional keynote is yet to be confirmed, but we expect it to be held on May 10 at around 1pm ET/6pm GMT which is around 4am AEST May 11th.
This was around the time of last year’s Google IO 2022 keynote, but we’ll update this page when it’s official.
How to register for Google IO 2023
While you can’t apply for tickets to Google IO 2023 in person, you can register online to get access to all virtual sessions, keynotes, and news. To register, just go to Google IO event page (opens in a new tab) and sign in with your standard Google account.
You don’t have to sign up to see all keynotes and sessions, but it does offer the benefit of getting all the latest developer news through what Google calls “non-spam email.” “. You’ll also get a developer profile that allows you to save and review any relevant videos later, which you won’t be able to do without a subscription.
With Google IO 2023 sessions expected to cover everything from Android to AI and machine learning, you should sign up if you have development aspirations (or are just interested in the basic details of Google apps) .
What to expect at Google IO 2023
It’s still quite early days for Google IO rumors, but based on a combination of recent leaks and previous versions of the conference, we have an idea of the types of announcements we could see. .
So here, in order of almost certainty, are the main things we expect to see at Google IO 2023 – and if we get an extra ‘one more thing’ bonus like Google AR live translation glassesthe better.
1. Announcement about Google Bard and AI
Google is tied up with AI chatbots. On the one hand, it needs to show that it has the technology to compete with Bing powered by ChatGPT – that’s why it announced Google Bard in February and said the chatbot would be open to the public in the “coming weeks”.
But according to CNBC (opens in a new tab), a recent internal Google meeting seems to have said very clearly that “Bard is not search”. That’s why at Google IO 2023, we’ll likely continue to see AI chatbot presented as an “experimental conversational AI service”, rather than the next-gen version of Google Search. Whether we see Bard open to the public before or during the convention remains to be seen.
Chatbots are also just a small part of AI technology, and Google’s IO conference has traditionally seen previews of artificial intelligence and machine learning in action on its applications. For example, at Google IO 2018 we got a glimpse of Google Duplexa virtual agent can make phone calls for you, while Google IO 2022 have seen AI subtly woven into products like Google Docs.
Expect to see more of the same at Google IO 2023, but with a much stronger AI theme than last year’s developer conference. For example, according to a The New York Times reported (opens in a new tab)we can see features like ‘Try Shopping’ (a YouTube feature that lets you try on virtual clothes at home) and rival Dall-E that helps you create and edit images.
2. A Closer Look at Android 14
Latest Android OS is available developer preview stage (opens in a new tab) and will be released in beta sometime between March and April. However, Android 14 won’t be released to the public until August, so we expect Google to spend plenty of time outlining the software’s new tricks at Google IO 2023.
Naturally, we also expect Android 14 to bring some quality of life upgrades including improved performance, improved battery life, and some improved accessibility features. There will also be some security enhancements to the operating system, but of course some phones will miss out on the Android 14 update – including Google Pixel 4a.
3. The arrival of the Google Pixel 7a
Google hasn’t been consistent with its mid-range Model A Pixels launch, but there’s still a pretty good bet we’ll see Google Pixel 7a.
Like the Google Pixel 6a, we expect to see its successor announced in May at least, which would make Google IO 2023 the most logical place to reveal it. But it will likely ship later – the Pixel 6a, for example, won’t be available for purchase until two months after it’s announced in July 2022.
So far, not much has been leaked about the Pixel 7a, but it is said to use Google’s latest Tensor G2 chipset and a design that looks a lot like the Pixel 7a. Google Pixel 7 (again means no headphone jack).
In January some practice videos also hinted that the Pixel 7a might have a 90Hz display, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage, but it’s all speculation for now. Hopefully Google will give us an official look at the stage at Google IO 2023.
4. Google Pixel Tablet launch date (final)
The Google Pixel Tablet was revealed to the world at Google IO 2022, but it’s amazing that it hasn’t actually hit stores yet. That is likely to change at Google IO 2023.
Despite concerns that the Pixel Tablet could be headed straight for the infamous Google Graveyard, the company has confirmed that it is aiming to launch the Pixel Tablet sometime in 2023. The question now is when.
We think a launch at Google’s traditional Pixel event in October is more likely, but it looks like the company will at least mention the tablet at its developer conference in May.
After all, it is expected to run Android 12L, designed for larger screen devices, and will also feature Google’s latest Tensor G2 chipset. That makes it a contender for a spot in our guide to Best Android tabletso hopefully we will know more about it soon.
5. The launch of the Google Pixel Fold
Another announcement that has been included in the ‘possible’ category for Google IO 2023 is a long-awaited announcement for Google Pixel Fold.
We’ve been expecting Google’s foldable phone to launch since late 2022. But now, the latest rumors are pointing to a launch in Maywould mix well with Google’s developer conference.
Those rumors unfortunately quelled our excitement for Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 rival, with leaked images suggesting it could actually be a larger Pixel phone with surprisingly large display top and bottom bezels.
With an expected price tag of around $1,799 (about £1,520 / AU$2,660), it’s shaping up to be a decent phone. But our interest was rekindled by the suggestion that the Pixel Fold could be, like Google Pixel 7 Pro, there are three cameras. If so, that has the potential to make it the best foldable camcorder phone available today.
6. New tricks for Google Maps, Google Lens and more
A staple of Google IO conferences are cool new tricks for services like Google Maps, Google Translate, and Google Translate. Google Lens then disappeared for several months before launch.
But the feature didn’t actually launch in five cities (that’s London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Tokyo) until February at Google’s ‘Live from Paris’ Event. So whatever you see announced at Google IO 2023, wait a moment to see them on your phone or laptop.
However, with AI expected to be a big topic of the conference, there could be some extremely impressive updates coming to Google Translate, Google Maps, Google Docs, Google Lens, etc.
7. Wear OS improvements
Last year was a big year for Google-powered smartwatches – at Google IO 2022 we saw Google Pixel Watch was finally announced with Wear OS 3.
Since then, the platform that competes with the Apple Watch has grown steadily, thanks to the arrival of Wear 3.5 . operating system and some Best Wear OS watches we’ve seen so far, including Samsung Galaxy 5 Pro Watch.
What will we see at Google IO 2023? So far, there haven’t been any major rumors, but some new Wear OS design guide suggests that Google is really pushing for consistency and polishing the software experience and New Wear OS players like Xiaomi was strongly rumored.
It may be too early to preview Watch OS 4 at Google IO 2023, but we expect to hear some announcements that bring another strong momentum to the smartwatch platform.