Google I/O 2023: Unveiling the future of AI, Android and Pixel

Thursday 11 May 2023

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The Google I/O 2023 developer conference has always been a platform for showcasing innovative technology. This year’s event didn’t disappoint, as Google revealed an impressive array of advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), Android and Pixel devices, pushing the boundaries of what technology can do for us.


One of the most exciting announcements was Google’s progress in generative AI, with applications across Gmail, Maps and Photos. Gmail and Workspace will add a new “Help Me Write” feature. Maps’ immersive view promises to bring rich metadata like traffic, weather and air quality to a new immersive navigation experience. Google Photos is also gearing up for the launch of Magic Editor, a powerful new editing tool that leverages AI to make professional quality edits to photos.
Google I/O 2023
PaLM 2In addition to these impressive applications, Google introduced foundation models including the ground-breaking PaLM 2 and Gemini. PaLM 2 already powers over 25 products and spans more than 100 languages. It excels when fine-tuned to specific domains, such as Med-PaLM 2, which has demonstrated near-clinician-level responses and is the first LLM to achieve an expert performance level on medical licensing exam-style questions. The next-gen Gemini model, currently in training, promises even more advanced capabilities with multi-modal and efficient tooling and API integrations built in from the start.

Google also presented Bard, its AI chatbot which has been significantly upgraded following its release a few months ago. It is now powered by PaLM 2 instead of LAMDA, and can code in 20 programming languages while integrating with Google services such as Maps and productivity apps. 


The Android ecosystem had its share of exciting news too. Wear OS, now the fastest-growing watch platform, boasts five times the growth in active devices since the launch of Wear OS 3. Google also announced updates to the Find My Device feature, which can now utilise nearby Android devices to locate lost items while preserving privacy.

Google’s commitment to personal expression and customisation shone through with Material You and its various AI-assisted personalisation features. Magic Compose, Emoji, Cinematic, and AI-generated wallpapers will all be available in the upcoming Android update.


Pixel devices, long celebrated for their AI capabilities, are growing in popularity. The fastest-growing OEM in the premium category, Google unveiled new devices like the Pixel 7a, Pixel Tablet, and the highly anticipated Pixel Fold. The new hardware features Google’s custom tensor G2 chip, while the Pixel Fold, priced at $1,799, boasts the thinnest foldable design and the most durable hinge on the market.

Google I/O 2023 was a testament to the tech giant’s commitment to bold, responsible AI and its dedication to its mission, to “Organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” As the company continues to innovate and develop groundbreaking technologies, we are excited by what the future holds.

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