Google IO recap: Pixel 7a on sale, Pixel Fold is pricey, Pixel Tablet coming 2023

Google's bumper annual showcase revealed the Pixel 7a, Pixel Tablet, Pixel Fold, lots of AI chat, and some Android 14 action

Every year Google's annual showcase, named Google IO, seems to fly by. For 2023 the company used the two-hour keynote to show off a bunch of new kit, revealing the now-already-on-sale Pixel 7a, forthcoming Pixel Tablet, Pixel Fold, Android 14 goodies, and more besides.

Not only that, there was a big focus on AI, in particular the integration of Google's Bard into more services, including Maps, Mail, even third-party apps such as Adobe Firefly. 

If you want to jump to the biggest announcements from Google IO 2023's opening keynote, then we've got links to all our key stories below, including Pixel 7a review, or scroll beyond to see the news as it happened step by step, as per our original live blog. 

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Original Google IO live blog follows:


Google Pixel Fold

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Good morning, happy Google I/O day! It’s still early in Mountain View, California, but there’s a lot to discuss before the Google Execs wake up. This is one of the biggest days in the tech calendar so consider us excited. 

So what can we expect to see? Well, after confirming its existence in a Star Wars day tweet, the Google Pixel Fold is the headline story. Google’s first foldable could arrive this summer and I for one am definitely keen to see just how much it resembles two Pixel 7 phones taped together. 

There is also plenty of talk around a Google Pixel 7a, the “a” series being the more affordable entry into Google’s smartphone ecosystem. If rumours are to be believed then we could see a lot of it today...

The Google I/O 2023 landing page

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While you’re having your morning coffee let's just refresh the key information for today: the keynote conference today will start at 6pm BST – so you’ve got plenty of time until then to say goodbye to your old Pixel phone. Well, probably

We’ll be covering the event live but if you want to watch along as well, you can follow on YouTube or the official Google I/O website. We expect this keynote session to last around an hour, but there will also be Google I/O workshops and technical sessions that follow too. 

The Flip with Google game

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If you're twiddling your thumbs while waiting for the conference, why not try a game specifically built for Google I/O? Flip with Google is a classic card game reimagined with AI. Featuring some of your favourite Google characters, If you’ve always wanted to see the Chrome T-Rex jump fight the Android robot then you’re in luck. While we are most excited about any new hardware being announced at I/O, we might also be treated to some Google Bard (or other AI) news.

Try the game here

Google I/O dev sessions

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The Goog should also be sharing some new Android content with us, several of the sessions today will focus on developing for the operating system, but we’d love to know exactly what Google has in store for Android on the Pixel Fold. The best foldables like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 have their own skins over their Android OS, but Google should have something special for its own device. Foldables aren’t just a fashion statement either, they should help us get more out of our phones too.  

If you want to see more on the developer sessions, Google has you covered.

Google Pixel 7 review: phone camera close up

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One of the biggest rumours about today is that Google will reveal a Google Pixel 7a. The “a” range is the more affordable end of the Pixel market, but still a very capable phone. The Pixel 6a was a “baby pixel” in both size and cost and while we liked it, we questioned why it was released so close to the Pixel 7 (pictured above), which would drop the standard Pixel 6 to a lower price anyway.

The Pixel 8 is expected (although nothing is official) to launch in October, so the 7a will have to prove its worth for those with a bit of patience who might otherwise be looking to grab a discounted Pixel 7. 

Google Pixel Watch review

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What about the Pixel Watch? Google’s smartwatch is one of the best smartwatches out there but we don’t expect to see a successor announced today. The original was only launched in October 2022 so we reckon we might see a Pixel Watch 2 arrive with the Pixel 8 this October.

In terms of changes for the Pixel Watch 2, we’d love to see the watch bring some non-Android integration (sacrilege I know) and improved fitness tracking to bring it up to its Apple rival’s standard. The 1GB of RAM is also a bit lacking. We might if we’re lucky receive an update on the operating system of the Pixel Watch, wear OS today.

Chrome OS news at Google I/O

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Speaking of operating systems, if you’ve got one of the best Chromebooks you might be in luck. ChromeOS is being given some lov