Tech Gurus and enthusiasts all tuned in to Google, as the company hosted its annual I/O 2023 from Shoreline Amphitheatre, California. The event saw Sundar Pichai starting the keynote as the company launched some of the much-anticipated devices and tech and gave a glimpse into what is next to come from the tech giant. Let us guide you through everything that was announced at the event.
1. Google Launched PaLM 2 AI
As expected, AI remained the prime focus of the event, as the CEO, Sundar Pichai announced the launch of PaLM 2 AI with an emphasis on a bold & responsible AI. The chatbot will be available in the preview. PaLM 2 is an ambitious project that focuses on making AI more helpful across industries. The PaLM 2 launch was also seen as Google’s response to ChatGPT and Microsoft integration.
Sec–PaLM 2 and Med-PaLM 2 were also launched at the same event, chatbots to assist tech and medical professionals respectively.
2. Google Bard Gets New Coding Capabilities
Google Vice President Sissie Hsiao took the stage as she announced new updates for Google Bard. The flagship AI project is now trained to write complicated codes in various programming languages including C++, and Python. As new developments in Bard AI were revealed at the I/O event, it was only certain that the AI tool took a huge part in Google’s vision for the future.
3. MusicLM Launched to Generate Music from Text
One of the first launches that were announced at the event included the launch of MusicLM to generate music from the text. Users can easily create customized and personalized soundscapes with high-quality music generated from text descriptions using this innovative model. The company introduced MusicLM in its AI Test Kitchen, where individuals can experience the latest AI technologies and offer feedback. The aim is to responsibly learn, enhance, and innovate on AI collaboratively.
4. Google Search Gets New Updates
One of the most significant developments at the event saw one of the most fundamental tools of Google, the Search getting revamped. Now, assisted with AI, Google Search got some exciting new updates. Google has emphasized that the implementation of new generative AI will enhance the search experience by providing specific results and simplifying the process. The search engine is also focusing on adopting a conversational model to better comprehend the user’s intent when browsing the web.
5. Nest Locator Tag Announced
Google also touched on smart home technology with Nest Locator Tag a direct competitor to Apple AirTag. Various items like keys, wallets, backpacks, and even pets can have the Tag affixed to them. Using ultra-wideband (UWB) technology, the device establishes a connection with the user’s smartphone or other compatible device upon attachment. This allows the user to track the whereabouts of their possessions in real-time using the accompanying app.
6. Workspace Tools Get Refined with Help Me Write
With a series of new launches and updates Google Rebrands AI Tools for Docs and Gmail as Duet AI. VP of Engineering at Google Aparna Pappu took the stage to announce the email and document platforms of Google Workspace now include Help Me Write, a newly launched AI-powered feature. This feature, initially available to Trusted Testers in March, acts as a collaborator, coach, and thought partner for users across all Google Workspace apps.
7. Google Pixel 7a Launched
As speculated by many, Google announced Pixel 7a at the Google I/O event. The Pixel 7a offers a genuinely customized AI experience, including Pixel Call Assist for blocking unwanted calls, Pixel Speech for translation and transcription, and Pixel Safe for protecting users both online and offline. Later this year, select Pixel models will come pre-installed with a Tensor chip, Android OS, Magic Editor, and Generative AI wallpapers.
8. Google Pixel Tablet Launched
Pixel 7a was quickly followed by a fresh announcement of the launch of Pixel Tablet, another anticipated product by the tech giant. The Pixel Tablet boasts four speakers and a superb display resolution, which have been optimized for video calling. The company’s latest and improved tablet is equipped with a Tensor G2 chip, 8GB RAM, and 256GB of storage.
9. Google Launched First Foldable in Pixel Fold
Probably the most awaited product of the event and Google’s flagship device Pixel Fold was also launched at Google I/O. With this, the tech giant finally entered the foldable smartphone market by introducing its first-ever foldable phone, the Pixel Fold. The long-awaited device was revealed to a worldwide audience and is expected to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. Boasting the thinnest design among foldable phones and a top-of-the-line camera system, the Fold also features a dual-screen interpreter mode that utilizes both displays, making it highly advantageous for cross-language communication.
10. Latest Android 14 Features Announced
At the much-anticipated Google I/O 2023 event, Android 14 stole the show with a multitude of thrilling updates designed to elevate user experience and personalization. VP Product Management Sameer Samat announced that Android 14 brings the latest features such as customizable lock screen choices, generative AI wallpapers, enhanced messaging capabilities, and seamless device integration. With these updates, Android 14 is poised to transform how users interact with their devices. In this article, we will delve into the most significant Android 14 features announced at Google I/O 2023.
Google I/O is an event that brings the tech community to a single stage to peek into what is next. This year too did not disappoint, with exciting new advancements in AI and smartphone technology there is a lot to look forward to in the coming months.
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