Google’s annual developer conference is just around the corner. The company has confirmed the dates and sent out invitations for Google I/O 2023, but what can we expect from the event in California?
While there is a live event this year, only a handful of people will be invited to attend in person. Instead, you can register for the event and watch along online. Here’s everything you need to know.
When is Google I/O 2023?
We now have a confirmed date for Google I/O 2023: Wednesday 10 May.
If previous years are anything to go by, the main keynote will begin at 10am PST (1pm EST, 6pm BST). The 2022 event lasted for around two hours.
How to watch Google I/O 2023
Anyone can register for Google I/O now via the Google website, which gets you access to extra sessions and the chance to join online communities.
But if you just want to watch the main keynote, it’s not required. Like usual, that’ll be livestreamed via the official Google YouTube channel.
What to expect from Google I/O 2023
Google I/O is primarily focused on developers, but the main keynote will include plenty of announcements that are relevant to consumers.
The most likely is Android 14, the next major version of Google’s software for phones and tablets. Developer previews are already available on recent Pixel phones, but it’s expected to be officially announced at I/O.
Rumours are relatively thin on the ground, although satellite calling, predictive back navigation (get a preview of the previous screen before going ahead) and the Nearby Share feature being limited to Google phones (rather than available to all Android handsets).
But plenty more features are expected, including those focused on AI. Google’s Bard chatbot was released recently, and it looks set to be integrated into Android and the Google Assistant soon. However, the latter may get other new features, too.
We may see an update to Google’s Wear OS software for smartwatches, but new hardware is also possible.
The mid-range Pixel 7a smartphone is the most likely, especially given the fact that it’s already leaked extensively. We may also hear more about the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro, even if they don’t officially launch until later in the year.
Could the Pixel Fold also get a mention? Google’s first ever foldable is thought to be on the way, and it’s expected to adopt a book-style design rather than be a flip phone. Some leaked renders have appeared online, but I/O may be too early for Google to start officially teasing it.
The only way to know for sure is by tuning into the keynote live, or you can just head back to Tech Advisor after the event for all the main coverage.