Google I/O is where Google previews its plans for Android, Pixel, and beyond for the rest of the year. This year, we’re expecting a first look at the Pixel Fold and a lot of discussion of Bard and how AI can fit into the future of search and other Google products. The event kicks off on May 10th with a keynote at 1PM ET / 10AM PT.
Google announced at IO that Bard would include images where relevant in its responses, and that change is live. Below, a tweet shows what that looks like. The images come from sites like Pinterest. I wish they were AI-generated for extra fun, but alas.
Still, I tried asking it for the best food in Austin, TX, and it failed to highlight Casino El Camino.
From yesterday’s Command Line newsletter:
Throughout the series of closed-door policy panels yesterday, I’m told that global affairs president Kent Walker and other Google execs fielded pointed questions about the company’s use of personal data for everything from large language models to ad targeting. Applying copyright law to generative AI was discussed but seemingly not a top concern for the room. Instead, most of the questions were about the use of AI as it relates to user privacy and safety. Regulators wanted to know how Google thinks about using sensitive data from both individual users and enterprise customers for its training sets. And during a talk dedicated specifically to AI and search, concerns were raised about showing harmful, AI-generated results...
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AI is one of the deepest platform shifts ever, says Google’s CEO, and he’s not worried about being first.
Two stats from Google I/O that I’ve never seen.
As of today, we’re still at “more than 3 billion active Android devices around the world,” so perhaps neither number is all that surprising. (The “talk” in question was 17.5 minutes long, if you’re wondering about my math.)
Forget the leaks and the spec sheets; we went to Google I/O and got to use the company’s pricey (it starts at $1,799.99) new folding phone.
Dan Seifert can tell you more about the Pixel Fold’s hinge and show you what it looks like next to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 — check out our entire writeup if you need even more details.
Google plans to tease the future of Search, Pixel devices, and more at what’s expected to be an AI-heavy event.
Google’s I/O keynote was jam-packed with announcements, including three new Pixel devices and a bunch of new AI advancements.
Google is finally giving Samsung some competition in the folding phone space with the Pixel Fold, a device that transforms between a standard smartphone and a small tablet by folding in half.