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Google I/O 2024 live blog: all the Gemini AI news as it happened

All the news from Google's big developer event

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Google's I/O 2024 keynote presentation by Google CEO Sundar Pichai has now finished, and as predicted the event at Google's HQ at Mountain View, California, mainly focussed on artificial intelligence – especially its Google Gemini AI chatbot.

The focus on Gemini was so great that we got little in the way of other announcements, which we've helpfully rounded up in our guide to the best of Google I/O 2024. So, only a fleeting mention of the new Android 15 operating system for tablets and smartphones, and nothing about Chromebooks, Google Nest products or the Chrome web browser.

Here are the main takeaways so far from the event. Throughout the rest of the week we’ll be digging into Google’s announcements in more depth, and Phil Berne, our US mobile editor, is at the event for hands-on time with the new and improved Gemini, so keep your eyes peeled for his thoughts.

There was also talk about Google’s new video and music generation tools, Gemini integration in Gmail and Workplaces, and chat about a slightly creepy virtual workmate.

Read on below for a blow-by-blow account of the keynote speech.

Managing editor Matt Hanson
Matt Hanson

Matt has been reviewing computers, phones and tablets for over 15 years, and is a big fan of Google Pixel smartphones, Chromebooks and Nest smart home products, so is looking forward to seeing what Google has in store.

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Hello! Welcome to our Google I/O liveblog! I’ll be running this live blog as the hype builds for what Google is going to show today.

As I mention above, we’ll have Phil Berne, our US Phones Editor, on the ground at the event in California (lucky him), while myself and a lot of the TechRadar team will be following along online from the much less sunny climes of New York and London.

Empty auditorium at Google I/O 2023

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If you want to watch along with the live stream, which starts at 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm BST (or May 15 at 3am AEST), then check out our guide on how to watch Google I/O 2024

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So, what’s everyone looking forward to at this year’s I/O event? There is a huge amount of excitement about artificial intelligence, and it seems like Google is going to be doubling down with its AI chatbot Gemini.

We’ll likely hear more about what Gemini can do, as well as how it integrates into Google’s major products, such as the Chrome browser and Pixel smartphones.

Personally, while AI has huge potential, I’ve not really found any of the big AI releases to have fundamentally changed my day-to-day life. So, I’ll be interested to see if Google can change that.

Otherwise, as an owner of an Android smartphone, I’ll be really keen to see what Google has in store with Android 15, which is likely to appear.

Could we see some new Pixel smartphones as well? There’s certainly convincing rumors that the Pixel 9 series will be launched today.

I’ll be interested in seeing what Google does here. I’ve had Pixel phones since the original, and my last handset was the Pixel Pro 7. So, I like Pixels a lot, especially how they come with relatively bloat-free versions of Android.

However, my Pixel Pro 7 sadly got run over (a long story that I don’t fully remember), so I have a new phone - the