Google I/O 2023 took place overnight and it was arguably the biggest event yet with several new hardware categories for Google as well as some impressive AI and software enhancements.
THE GOOGLE PIXEL FOLD WAS REVEALED
the Google Pixel Fold was fully revealed this morning. Whilst it’ll be launching in June (with pre-orders going live today) in the US, unfortunately it isn’t releasing in Australia at this point, with Google saying that it has nothing to announce at this time.
The Google Pixel Fold starts at $1,799 USD (~$2,750 AUD) and will also include a free Pixel Watch when pre-ordered in the US. When folded, the Pixel Fold has a 5.8″ display, and when unfolded, it reveals a 7.6″ immersive display. Google is claiming that it has the most durable hinges on a foldable and the thinnest foldable to release.
THE GOOGLE PIXEL TABLET GOT A PRICE AND RELEASE DATE
The Google Pixel Tablet has an 11″ LCD display and will have a battery life of up to 12 hours. There’s 8 megapixel rear and front cameras and as far as processor goes it has a G2 tablet (the same in the Pixel 7 range of phones). The tablet will be able to run multiple apps at the same time, running them in split screen mode.
The Pixel Tablet connects to the Speaker Dock with magnetic connectors to not only keep it charged, but provide enhanced audio through the speakers. When you’re in the home hub mode, you’ll be able to control lights, use Google Assistant, or just use the device as a digital photo frame.
It will cost $899 (128GB) or $999 (256GB) and both models include the Speaker Dock. An extra Speaker Dock will cost $189 (for use in other rooms) and Google will also sell a case for $139 (that is compatible with the dock as well).
THE GOOGLE PIXEL 7A IS THE NEW BUDGET KING AND IT’S OUT TODAY
The Google Pixel 7a has a 6.1″ FHD+ OLED Display with an imrpoved 90Hz display. It also includes wireless charging as well as face unlocking which are all big improvements on the Pixel 6a.
As far as the camera goes, it has a 64 megapixel Wide camera and a 13 megapixel ultrawide camera. It uses Google’s Tensor G2 processor which means that performance-wise, it’s on par with the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.
Google revealed that it is going to start experimenting with Google Search. As of this moment, we’ll start seeing AI powered answers at the top of search results that can be narrowed down with follow-up questions.
Google’s ChatGPT rival Google Bart is now available to everyone. You can access the chatbot right HERE with just a Google login. It’s obviously still improving as time goes on and is no means a final version.
Google also revealed that AI is coming to Android. Magic Compose was one of the features that it detailed which basically gives you the ability to reply to messages using responses suggested by AI. Another is a feature that lets you use AI to create your own wallpaper, which should have some pretty interesting results.
ANDROID IS GETTING SOME BIG UPDATES
Google announced big updates to Android especially in the large screen and foldable space. To go alongside its Tablet release next month, it’s announced that more than 50 Google apps are getting optimised for the big screen including the likes of Gmail, Photos and Meet but also other apps such as Spotify, Minecraft and Disney+. This also counts for Foldables including the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Google Pixel Fold.
Wear OS is getting some improvements starting with new apps. WhatsApp is coming to watches and experiences from Google including Gmail and Calendar too.
Find My Device is getting updated later this year to support a number of products from different brands including headphones, tablets and more.