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  • Voltaire Staff

Google's I/O developer conference to kickstart on May 14



Google's upcoming I/O developer conference is set to begin around May 14 with its keynote address likely to be "broadcast in front of a limited live audience" and accessible for virtual viewing by everyone.


It is likely to be held at Shoreline Amphitheatre at the Google HQ in Mountain View, California.


"I/O" stands for Google’s Input/Output, which is an annual developer conference held by the US-based tech firm.


It is an event where Google announces new products, updates to existing products, and provides technical sessions and workshops for developers.

It's expected that this year's Google I/O conference will have its emphasis on AI, particularly following the recent unveiling of Google's latest flagship AI model, Gemini, along with its compact counterpart, Gemma.


Google wrote in a blogpost, "The Gemini era unlocks new possibilities for developers to build creative and productive AI-enabled applications. I/O is where you’ll hear how you can get from idea to production AI applications faster."


It added, "We’re excited to share what’s new for mobile, web, and multiplatform development, and how to scale your applications in the cloud. You will be able to dive deeper into topics that interest you with over 100 sessions, workshops, codelabs, and demos."


Google may also unveil updates on the forthcoming features of Android 15, as well as enhancements to Google's suite of services including Gmail, Google Photos, and beyond.


There's also speculation about the potential unveiling of a new Pixel 8A smartphone at I/O, reported The Verge.


Given that Google introduced the midrange 7A during last year's event, it's plausible that its successor is on the horizon. The new device could potentially inherit some of the AI capabilities showcased in the Pixel 8, making them available at a more accessible price point.


The Gemini bot's image generator sparked controversy, leading Google CEO Sundar Pichai to deem it "completely unacceptable" due to unintended consequences in its attempt to depict diversity.


Coupled with the inaccuracies during Google's Bard launch last year, the company faces an uphill task of not only highlighting its AI advancements but also justifying how its technology will outshine competitors like Microsoft, OpenAI, Anthropic, and others.


Google’s Gemini had also sparked controversy when it called Indian Prime Minister Modi a fascist. The gaffe drew a sharp rebuke from India.

The episode was followed by an advisory by Indian government mandating companies to seek permission before launching AI products .

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