Google I/O 2023 presented another opportunity for the world to get a sneak peak into the projects the tech giant has been working on. This year, the company launched three key products: the budget-friendly Pixel 7a, the Pixel Fold, and the Pixel Tablet.
Some quick information about the products:
The Pixel 7a is a budget-friendly smartphone that is designed to offer a great experience at a lower price point. It features a 6.1-inch OLED display, a MediaTek Dimensity 9000 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. It also has a 12.2MP rear camera and an 8MP front-facing camera. The Pixel 7a is expected to be released in July 2023 and will start at $399.
The Pixel Fold is Google’s first foldable smartphone. It features a 7.6-inch OLED display when unfolded and a 5.8-inch OLED display when folded. It is powered by a Google Tensor processor and has 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It also has a 12.2MP rear camera and an 8MP front-facing camera. The Pixel Fold is expected to be released in October 2023 and will start at $1,499.
The Pixel Tablet is Google’s first tablet. It features an 11-inch OLED display, a Google Tensor processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. It also has an 8MP rear camera and an 8MP front-facing camera. The Pixel Tablet is expected to be released in 2024 and will start at $499.
The event also provided a clear roadmap on how Google intends to counter the growing influence of its competitors within the AI field, like OpenAI. The company used the event to reveal the various products it has been working on to address the growing influence of its competitors especially within the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). In fact, most of the talks in the event were focused on AI.
PaLM 2 – a significant release
One of the most significant announcements was the release of PaLM 2, a language model that is a successor to PaLM, which was released in 2022. PaLM 2 is trained on a massive dataset of text and code, and is able to perform a wide range of tasks, including natural language understanding and generation, code generation, translation, question answering, math reasoning, summarization, and creative writing.
Another feature that offers a glimpse into how the company seeks to gain influence in the Artificial Intelligence space is through the AI-enhanced version of Gmail that will allow Gmail users to automate the replies.
The AI feature on Gmail and Google search is a brilliant marketing strategy to counter the influence of its competitors in the AI field since the company can leverage its 1.8 billion users on Gmail and 4.2 billion users on Google Search.
The company also unveiled the new Bard search experience, a new way to search the web that uses artificial intelligence to provide more comprehensive and informative results.
It is imperative to note that the Google I/O 2023 also included key announcements that were not related to AI. A good example is the Google Maps Immersive View. This new feature will allow users to virtually explore 3D models of certain areas. .
Immersive View is currently available in a limited number of cities, but Google plans to expand the feature to more cities in the future. To use Immersive View, you simply need to open Google Maps and search for a location that supports the feature. Once the location is loaded, you can use the mouse or trackpad to move around the 3D model. You can also zoom in and out to get a closer look at the details.
In conclusion, Google I/O 2023 reveals how Google is willing to put in the work to retain and expand its influence within the technology market.
Google’s competitors are also investing heavily in AI, and it will be interesting to see how the competition plays out in the years to come.