How to watch Google I/O 2023 today

A laptop screen showing the homepage for the Google IO 2023 event
(Image credit: Google)

One of the biggest dates in Google’s calendar is now just a few hours away, with Google I/O 2023 kicking off later today. 

This is the 2023 edition of Google’s annual developer conference, and while that might make it sound software-focused, we’re actually expecting a lot of hardware too.

That includes the mid-range Google Pixel 7a, the Google Pixel Fold (which is set to be the company’s first foldable phone), and the Google Pixel Tablet. There have been extensive leaks of all of these devices, with Google itself also revealing some details, and confirming that the Pixel Fold will be present at I/O.

Thanks to the leaks we have a good idea of what to expect from these gadgets, and you'll find some of those details further down in this article, or you can use the links above to read everything we've heard so far about them.

There could be other announcements as well though, and we’ve covered what we expect in more detail further down, but suffice to say, this event will be worth tuning into if you’re a Google or Pixel fan.

Fortunately, that’s easy to do, wherever you happen to be in the world, and we’ve detailed exactly how below.

When is Google IO 2023?

Google IO 2023 will run throughout May 10 (tomorrow at the time of writing), but all the big announcements are likely to be made at Google’s keynote, which starts at 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm BST on Wednesday May 10, or at 3am AEST on Thursday May 11, for those in Australia.

While the event is being held in Mountain View, California, you will, of course, be able to stream the big keynotes online from anywhere.

And if you can’t tune in live, don’t worry. The videos will be available after the fact too, and we’ll also be covering all the announcements here on TechRadar; in fact, our Google I/O 2023 live blog is already up and running, bringing you all the last-minute rumors ahead of the event, and all the big news once it begins. 

How to watch the keynote at Google IO 2023

Google's keynote will be hosted on the company's official YouTube channel, and you can also watch it using the video above, so you won’t even need to leave this page to tune in. We expect the live stream to be available on the Google IO site as well.

The keynote will probably last around two hours, as that’s how long last year’s was, but note that it’s immediately followed by the developer keynote, which you can also watch. This likely won’t be of much interest though, unless you yourself are a developer.

Beyond that, there will be various virtual sessions during Google IO 2023, which you can register for by pressing the ‘register’ button on the Google IO home page. This is free to do, however it isn’t necessary to watch the keynotes.

If you do register, then the sessions you’ll be able to access will cover all sorts of topics, from Android to AI and beyond.

What to expect at the Google IO 2023 keynote

As noted above, we’re expecting to see plenty of new hardware at Google IO 2023. While not confirmed, numerous leaks point to the Pixel 7a making an appearance, for one thing. This is set to be a mid-range alternative to the Pixel 7, though one that will likely have the same chipset and display refresh rate, along with more megapixels packed into its primary camera.

Where Google could cut costs is in giving it a smaller screen, slower wireless charging, and likely a worse camera overall; despite the extra megapixels.

We also know we'll see the Pixel Fold, as Google has now confirmed as much. This is a foldable phone that leaks suggest has a 7.6-inch folding main screen, a 5.8-inch outer cover display, the same Tensor G2 chipset as the Pixel 7 series, 12GB of RAM, and a triple-lens rear camera.

An image of the front of the Google Pixel Tablet

An official image of the Google Pixel Tablet (Image credit: Google)

Then there’s the Pixel Tablet, which Google has already confirmed but hasn't said will be present at IO – though leaks point in that direction. This will also have the Tensor G2 chipset, and the company has shown what this slate looks like too, and revealed that it will work with a dock that lets you transform it into a smart home display.

As for the remaining details, leaks point to a 10.95-inch screen, 8GB of RAM, and a mid-range price, making this more of a rival to the iPad 10.9 (2022) than the iPad Pro 12.9 (2022).

Of course, this being a developer conference, we’ll probably also hear about software at Google IO 2023, including details of Android 14, updates to core services, like Google Maps and Google Assistant, and in all likelihood a focus on Google Bard and AI in general.

There may be other things too, with a Wear OS update and even Google’s take on AirTags being possibilities. We've also got a separate guide to the 7 biggest reveals to expect at IO 2023 if you want more info.

James Rogerson

James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James also contributes to, and and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.