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Google touts AI and search advances at I/O conference

An AI-based and human DJ team up to open Google I/O
An AI-based and human DJ team up to open Google I/O in typical nerdy fashion. Ina Fried/Axios

Google CEO Sundar Pichai kicked off the company's I/O developer conference by touting new search features and a renewed focus on privacy. Google also used today's conference to unveil a mix of new features for its Assistant, a lower-cost version of its Pixel phone and more details on Android Q, the next version of its mobile operating system.

Why it matters: It's the heart of spring developer conference season, as each of the major tech platforms details its roadmap for the year. Google's event comes a week after Facebook's F8, the same week as Microsoft's Build and a couple weeks before Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference.

Apple is an outlier from the open source boomlet

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A stunning datapoint from Axios' Ina Fried: Apple's iPhone revenue rose by 29% in the most recent quarter, compared to a year previously — even as the total number of iPhones sold was flat.

Why it matters: Technology always plunges in price over time. Except, it seems, if you're Apple.