Android 14 played a surprisingly small role in Google’s I/O keynote

Crowd and stage at Google I/O keynote 2023 just before the presentation begins.
This year’s I/O keynote featured a lot of AI and very little about the next version of Google’s mobile OS. | Photo by Allison Johnson / The Verge

There was a chilly marine layer hanging in the air above the Shoreline Amphitheater, but the danceable beats thumped on in spite of it. Dan Deacon was playing a set that had something to do with AI, followed by a person in a duck costume dancing on stage. Not the kind of spectacle you’re typically expecting before you’ve even had your second cup of coffee, but that’s Google I/O, baby.

I/O is, of course, the company’s yearly developer conference, and it officially kicked off on Wednesday morning when CEO Sundar Pichai took the stage, headlining a two-hour presentation that was almost entirely centered on AI. We got a preview of what’s coming to Google Search, Gmail, and Photos, along with an unappetizing, photo-realistic image of pizza…

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