Google I/O 2024 live blog — all the Gemini AI and Android 15 news as it happens


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Google doesn’t do it consistently, but we might see a teaser for the Pixel 9 series today, as a symbolic gesture toward the company’s hardware products amid a talk that will likely be entirely about software.

The Pixel 9 series will reportedly consist of three models this year, including a new, smaller Pixel 9 Pro model, a Pro XL model, and the standard version. All phones are expected to use a new Tensor G4 chip and will likely come with plenty of new AI features to build on those added to the Pixel 8 series last year.

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Circle to Search isn’t just a feature of the Galaxy S24, Pixel 8, and Pixel 8a. You can also use it on your iPhone (kinda).

With a new shortcut, it’s possible to instantly take a screenshot and search for it via the Google iOS app. This is probably as close as iPhone users will ever get to a taste of Circle to Search, at least for now, while Google is very particular about who can use it.

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Everyone’s favorite browser, Google Chrome, might get some attention today. And we may already know about an upcoming feature.

Circle to Search, currently available on a few select Android phones, could appear on Chrome via a Google Lens update. This would allow many more users to try out this convenient search method, although given that it’s apparently not finished yet, Google may need more time before it begins rolling it out.

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Our AI expert, Ryan Morrison, made some predictions about Google’s AI announcements later today.

He believes new features will be added to the large Gemini language model and chatbots, both in developer-only and public versions, to Gemini-based features in familiar Google apps like YouTube Music and Google Docs, and perhaps be at a demo of some advanced technologies. to show that it can keep up with OpenAI and GPT4o.

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Google’s Project Starline is a very sophisticated video conferencing tool that the company has been offering for some time. But it recently announced that it would finally launch in 2025, with HP getting the first glimpses of the technology, so we expect it to be at least briefly mentioned today during I/O.

The basics of Starline are that it works like a normal video call, but with a full 3D model of the person you’re talking to, it theoretically allows for a more natural conversation. The required hardware has gradually decreased since the launch of Starline. So we hope it will soon be small enough to fit into a dedicated camera or other device, rather than requiring specialized multi-camera monitors or even dedicated rooms.

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OpenAI clearly aimed to steal some of the pre-Google I/O thunder by hosting its own event on Monday, May 13. And it’s easy to distract some of Google’s attention when your ads are as big as what OpenAI had to say.

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The GPT-4o model is particularly important as it can analyze image, video and speech. This is almost enough to make up for the fact that the event took place without any sign of ChatGPT-5.

Maybe Google always planned to release an AI-based feature before Google I/O. Or maybe it was all those Open AI announcements 24 hours before I/O that did the trick. But Google spent Monday afternoon showing new AI capability from the camera app on what appears to be a Pixel.

Using voice prompts, you’ll ask the camera what it sees in a conversational tone. And the AI ​​can respond, describing what’s in its viewfinder with impressive precision. Take a look at the images posted by Google to see for yourself.

Google Pixel Fold presented in hand

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At last year’s Google I/O, the Pixel Fold debuted, giving Google a foldable device that could rival Samsung’s foldable device leader. Indeed, in our Pixel Fold review, we praised its slim, durable design and wide screen coverage. (A feature Samsung could adopt for the next Galaxy Z Fold 6Besides.)

We do not expect to see the Pixel Fold 2 previewed at this year’s Google I/O, and not just because Google seems to want to stay focused on AI. Rather, it’s because of a rumor that the next Pixel Fold could be integrated into the Pixel 9 range and renamed the Pixel 9 Pro foldable. If so, that means a fall launch for the foldable follow-up.

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Google had some news to announce in collaboration with Apple before Google I/O. The two tech giants have teamed up to strengthen cross-platform protections against someone trying to monitor your location with a Bluetooth tracker.

If you are on the move with an unknown tracker during the ride, you will receive an alert on your phone about that device, regardless of the platform it is paired with. Previously, iPhone users saw alerts for Apple AirTags that monitored them without their knowledge, but not necessarily for other trackers paired with Android devices.

The feature is included in the new iOS 17.5 Update for iPhones, while Google adds support for any Android device running Android 6 or later.

Google Pixel 8a.

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We expected to see the Pixel 8a debut at Google I/O today, but Google had other plans in mind. Instead, he announced the Pixel 8a last week – presumably to set the stage for all the AI ​​talk we’ll hear later today.

We may not have a demo of the Pixel 8a, but we have the next best thing: a Pixel 8a review. And it looks like this phone really impresses, thanks to its Tensor-powered AI features in a sub-$500 device as well as Google’s extensive software and security support.

Google Gemini

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You can read our full Google I/O 2024 preview, but here’s a look at some of the things we expect to hear during today’s keynote.

Gemini: Google’s AI model will likely get a new version, and we may learn more about Google’s apparent plans to use Gemini as the basis for a new version of the Google Assistant to be called Pixie. (We expect Pixie to debut on upcoming Pixel flagships, which could mean an early teaser of the Pixel 9 at Google I/O.) Additionally, we’re planning plenty of demos showing how the AI ​​efforts from Google add new features to a number of existing Google products. (Maps seems natural, but we could also talk about things like Docs, Chrome, Gmail, and search.)

Android 15: You can already download a beta version of the next version of Android on a Pixel device before its full release towards the end of summer. But with an audience full of developers, Google will likely take a moment to recap Android 15 and talk about some of its major new features.

Port OS: Android is not the only operating system offered by Google. There’s also Wear OS, which powers a number of smartwatches, including the Pixel Watch 2. We might find out what features will come to these wearables, and it certainly wouldn’t be a shock if AI-based capabilities feature. on the list. A preview of the Pixel Watch 3, apparently planned for fall, would be a long shot, however.

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