Google I/O 2024 dates, Android 15, AI and more

 Google event 2023.
Google event 2023.

Latest Google I/O 2024 New

Updated May 13

• Here's how to watch the Google I/O keynote.
• Right on cue, OpenAI is trying to steal Google I/O’s thunder by announcing its own event for May 13, a day before I/O.
• Google surprised everyone by showing off the Pixel 8a a week ago, but there's still plenty of news that could be announced at Google I/O.

Update: Today is Google I/O. Follow our Google I/O 2024 live blog for all the big news as it happens. 

Google I/O 2024 takes place today (May 14), and it's clear what won't be at this year's developer conference. Most people (including us) expected to see the Pixel 8a at the Google I/O keynote, since Google has shown off its A Series phones at past events. Then Google went and surprised us by announcing the Pixel 8a a week before the I/O keynote. (For our first impressions, read our Google Pixel 8a hands-on.)

So what does Google show off instead? There's lots of potential Google I/O announcements, as it turns out, though phones and smartwatches will likely not appear until the fall. Instead, based on the Google I/O agenda and the mood of the tech industry in particular, we'd imagine a lot of the focus will be on AI — specifically, how Google plans to expand on its considerable AI efforts to date. Rival OpenAI is even holding its own event a day before I/O, underscoring the attention AI features commands these days.

After Google threw us a curve with that early Pixel 8a release, here's everything we know about Google I/O 2024 prior to tomorrow's keynote.

Google I/O 2024: Dates

Google I/O is scheduled for May 14 and 15. This year marks a return to a multiday event, after Google I/O 2023 wrapped up in a single day. That said, it sounds like Day 2 is entirely focused on developers, so expect most of the relevant news to be made on May 14.

Google I/O 2024: How to watch

We've got a guide on how to watch Google I/O, but just like last year's event, you can stream the keynote and the subsequent on-demand content directly from the official Google I/O site — along with Google’s official YouTube channel.

There's already a placeholder video for the Google I/O keynote on Google's YouTube channel.

Google has posted the entire Google I/O schedule, revealing specific breakout sessions. As usual, the keynote opens things up on the first day of Google I/O, and that will feature most of the exciting announcements Google makes at the event.

Google I/O 2024: Android 15

google android 15 logo
google android 15 logo

One certain topic that should be touched at the annual developers conference is Android 15, codenamed Vanilla Ice Cream. That’s the dessert name of choice for this upcoming version of the software, following Android 14’s Upside Down Cake.

The visual aesthetics of the mobile operating system hasn’t seen a substantial facelift over the past few generations, but at least we could see the return of lock screen widgets. Android did offer widgets in the lock screen previously between Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Android 5 Lollipop, but has since abandoned them. Given how the iPhone recently got a boost with StandBy Mode in iOS 17, the reintroduction of widgets to the lock screen could pave the way for a similar feature.

After a couple developer previews, the first Android 15 beta is now available to download, at least if you have a Pixel phone. Expect plenty of Android 15 talk at Google I/O, recapping new features and showing them in action.

Google I/O 2024: AI rumors

GIF animation of Magic Editor.
GIF animation of Magic Editor.

Google’s been able to define its gadgets by focusing heavily around artificial intelligence. After years of seeing it to a degree with services like how Google Assistant can make restaurant reservations on your behalf with Google Duplex, AI features became the integral component for the company’s Pixel 8 lineup.

We suspect that we’ll hear more about AI-assisted features for its entire product portfolio at Google I/O 2024, as well as potential partnerships to bring them to other devices. For example, Samsung partners with Google to bring Circle to Search to the Galaxy S24 lineup. Most of Google’s AI features are tailored for smartphones, but it would benefit to bring them to its laptops, Chromebooks, wearables, and more.

Meanwhile, we could learn more about the new and improved Google Assistant with Bard integration, which is reportedly coming in March but could launch at Google I/O instead. And Google has also announced that it will be rolling out a premium version of Bard Advanced powered by the company's Gemini Ultra model.

Google I/O 2024: Pixel Fold 2

Google Pixel Fold half-folded in hand
Google Pixel Fold half-folded in hand

Even with the Pixel 8a off the table as an I/O topic, that doesn't mean we won't see any phones. Last year's Google I/O introduced us to the Pixel Fold, a solid first effort at a foldable phone by Google.

Google I/O 2024 could be the opportunity to at least tease us all with its successor. Details are just about non-existent at this point for the Pixel Fold 2, but considering how the foldable market saw increased competition in 2023, the Pixel Fold 2 would need to be a substantially more refined foldable.

While it was one of the first to feature a gap-less design, we criticized the large bezels around the main display in our Google Pixel Fold review. Hopefully, it’s a sleeker, more polished design this time with the Pixel Fold 2, but we’re also eager to see how the experiences will be boosted. Even though it has its own multitasking features that lets users run apps side-by-side, we’d love to see an implementation similar to Open Canvas with the OnePlus Open.

An exclusive from SmartPrix gave us a fully 360-degree video render of the upcoming phone, as well as more details on its potential dimensions. According to the leak, the Pixel Fold 2 could well be the thinnest foldable phone currently on sale in North America, thinner even than the OnePlus Open and Galaxy Z Fold 5.

It's also possible that the Pixel Fold 2 might sit out Google I/O, as a new rumor suggets Samsung may instead make the Fold part of the regular Pixel lineup under a new name — the Pixel 9 Pro Fold. If that happens, presumably, the Fold would launch with the rest of the Pixel 9 lineup in the fall.

Google I/O 2024: Wearables

Google Pixel Watch 2
Google Pixel Watch 2

Google saved its Pixel Watch 2 reveal for its fall event alongside its Pixel 8 phones, but we could perhaps see other wearables at Google I/O 2024 — whether they’re Pixel or Fitbit related. The most realistic prospect would be a Pixel Watch 3 teaser at best, especially how the previous two made their official debuts during Google’s fall hardware event.

And, who knows, maybe Google is looking to launch a fitness ring to go up against Oura and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Ring.

Even if we don't see wearable hardware, Google could talk about WearOS and any new features that it has planned for the wearable software that powers its devices.

Google I/O 2024: VR and AR

Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2

Apple’s making a ton of noise right now with the release of the Vision Pro. The ambitious mixed reality headset is already revolutionizing the way we work with spatial computing, so Google I/O 2024 could be just the perfect time for Google to respond. Google has confirmed that is collaborating with Samsung and Qualcomm to release a mixed reality headset, though it may be premature to announce at I/O.

For its part, Qualcomm has expressed excitement about how its Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2 will “provide leading XR experiences.” Developers would have the necessary amount of time to create experiences and apps if Google ends up revealing plans about a virtual reality headset.

There’s very little time for Google to delay here, as this brand new market is ripe with opportunity.

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