The much-anticipated Google I/O 2023 was a publicly live streamed event May 10th and gave us all a sneak peek into their latest innovations. Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, opened up by saying Google has become an “AI-first” company and that they have “reimagined all of its core products.”
So it’s no surprise that almost all of the new products that were previewed are integrated with AI in one way or another. In case you missed it, we’re going to go over the Top 12 key highlights in no particular order.
The Top 12 Product Previews at the Google 2023 I/O Event
#1. Duet AI for Google Workspace includes a range of AI features across Gmail, Docs, Sheets, and Slides that work seamlessly together to provide easy access to everything you need. From writing assistance, email thread summaries and converting meeting notes to briefs, to the ability to create entire presentations and campaigns, the future of Google Workspace is looking pretty slick.
#2. Google Maps will offer an ‘Immersive View’ that uses computer vision and AI to fuse billions of Street View and aerial images together to create a rich, digital model of your route so you can see your entire journey before you even take it.
#3. Google Photos is getting a ‘Magic Editor’ feature that will allow you to reposition your subject and automatically creates new content to fill in the missing gaps after repositioning.
#4. Google Search will become interactive, responding to questions in a conversational manner, much like ChatGPT. It is designed to take the heavy lifting out of traditional online searches by creating content summaries, providing follow up links and it will be interactive. So not only will the chatbot/search engine offer you information, links and suggestions, it may ask you follow up questions and you can ask it questions as you go along.
#5. Pixel Fold is Google’s new folding phone that transforms into a small tablet. Among the Pixel Fold’s features is an OLED outer screen that measures 5.8 inches when closed and a flexible OLED inner screen that opens up to a 7.6-inch display. It has five cameras, including a 48-megapixel optically stabilised main camera, a 10.8-megapixel ultrawide, and a 10.8-megapixel 5x telephoto. It also features a Tensor 2 processor, 12GB of RAM, either 256 or 512GB of storage, and a 4,800mAh battery split between two cells and boasts an IPX8 rating for water resistance.
#6. The Pixel 7A is Google’s updated midrange A-series smartphone that features Google’s Tensor G2 chip, along with a 6.1-inch 1080p display that can run up to 90Hz. And unlike its much less affordable folding cousin’s price tag of $1,799, the Pixel 7A will be available for about $499.
#7. PaLM 2 is Google’s powerful new LLM that will power over 25 new Google products, including Google Workspace, Bard and Med-PaLM 2.
#8. With the integration of PaLM 2 technology, Bard upgrades will include image capabilities, coding features and app integration. Bard is also expanding to world-wide access, soon to be available in 180 countries with more languages and ending the waitlist.
#9. Google is partnering with Adobe to bring Firefly to Bard making text-to-image available directly in the Bard application.
#10. MusicLM is an experimental text-to-music model that can generate unique songs based on your ideas or descriptions.
#11. StudioBot is an AI coding bot for developers, powered by AI. It understands natural language, so you can ask development questions in plain English. Studio Bot can help Android developers generate code, find relevant resources, learn the best practices, and save time. It is currently only available for testing in the US by downloading the latest canary version of Android Studio Hedgehog. See here for Download details.
#12. Med-PaLM, is an LLM from Google Research, designed for the medical domain. Though it achieves an accuracy of 85.4% on USMLE questions and shows a lot of promise for a multitude of applications, Google maintains there is still a lot to be done in terms of improvement to be able to apply it to real world situations. Testing will commence in the coming months on a select group of Cloud customers.
And there you have it! We didn’t cover every reveal and preview at the show, but these were our top 12 most noteworthy additions to the Google line up. Get the full list here.