- Google I/O 2023: Bard launched, Pixel devices upgraded, Android 14 showcased.
- Enhanced Google services: Gmail’s AI tool, Maps’ Immersive View, Photos’ Magic Editor.
- AI advancements: LaMDA for conversational answers, Gemini for multi-modal capabilities.
At its annual developer conference, Google I/O 2023, Google made several significant announcements to enhance its services and products. One of the notable updates is the availability of Google Bard, its ChatGPT rival, which is now accessible for free in 180 countries without a waitlist. Additionally, Google introduced new hardware devices, including the Pixel 7a, a variant of Pixel 7 with improved camera performance and efficiency, and the Pixel Fold, Google’s first folding smartphone competing with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold. The Pixel Tablet, initially unveiled in October 2022, now has official pricing, launch date, and specifications.
Furthermore, Google unveiled the “Help Me Write” tool for Gmail, an AI feature that can compose emails in seconds, further enhancing Gmail’s existing AI capabilities. The latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 14, was also showcased, featuring a new design, enhanced features, and improved performance. Not limited to hardware and software updates, Google introduced new features for its services as well.
Further enhancing Google Maps
Google Maps introduced Immersive View, allowing users to experience a 3D view of select cities. Immersive View for routes will be added, enabling users to visualize every segment of a route, and providing information about shops, parking stops, and lane sizes in advance. This feature will roll out in the coming months in various cities worldwide.
Bard and AI integration
Google Photos introduced the Magic Editor tool, enabling users to remove unwanted items from images and manipulate specific parts of an image like the subject, sky, or background. The tool utilizes AI techniques, including generative AI, to facilitate complex edits without requiring professional-level editing skills.
Moreover, Google emphasized the integration of Bard into Google Search, enabling users to find results in a more conversational manner, similar to Bing Chat on Bing Search. Search ads will still be displayed in dedicated slots on the page, with increased visibility.
In terms of AI advancements, Google showcased its LaMDA model, designed to provide conversational answers to simple text prompts. Additionally, Google unveiled Gemini, a successor to its PaLM and PaLM2 models, with multi-modal functionalities capable of processing and generating text, code, and other types of data.
Finally, Android 14 introduced improved wallpaper customization options, allowing users to add texts, widgets, and emojis with fluid animations. The stable version of Android 14 is expected to be released in August 2023.