Google has Renamed its AI Chatbot Bard as Gemini, and it now has an Android App
Google is rebranding Bard and Duet AI in the same way that Microsoft did with Bing Chat to Copilot in order to streamline their generative AI branding. Now, the services are called Gemini, after the multimodal AI model developed by Google. This month, a leak about the name change occurred. In addition, Google unveiled a Gemini Android app and a premium version of the chatbot with more advanced features.
“Bard has been the best way for people to directly experience our most capable models,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said. “To reflect the advanced tech at its core, Bard will now simply be called Gemini. It’s available in 40 languages on the web and is coming to a new Gemini app on Android and on the Google app on iOS.”
It is possible to change Google Assistant to become the default assistant on a device by downloading the Gemini Android app. Thus, your phone or tablet may launch Gemini rather than Assistant when you long press the home button or say “Hey Google.” By choosing to opt in through Assistant, you may also make this change.
By doing this, a new conversational overlay will appear on your screen. In addition to providing quick access to Gemini, the overlay will provide contextual recommendations, including the option to create a caption for a picture you just shot or inquire about further details about an item that is currently displayed on your screen.
Starting today, Gemini is accessible in English on both Android and iOS in the United States. Google is going to begin providing the chatbot with more locations in English, along with Japanese and Korean, starting next week. Gemini is eventually expanding to other nations and languages, as one could anticipate.
Furthermore, Google is making Ultra 1.0, their largest and most powerful AI model, available through Gemini Advanced. According to the business, this can hold lengthier, more in-depth discussions and remember context from earlier exchanges. It claims that Gemini Advanced “is far more capable at highly complex tasks like coding, logical reasoning, following nuanced instructions and collaborating on creative projects.”
Gemini Advanced is currently accessible in 150 countries and territories in English. You must enroll in the new Google One AI Premium Plan in order to access it. This comes with a two-month free trial and costs $20 per month, which is the same as Copilot Pro. This subscription comes with Gemini Advanced in addition to all the features of the Google One Premium Plan, such as 2TB of storage and a VPN. In the near future, subscribers will also be able to utilize Gemini in programs like Gmail, Docs, Slides, and Sheets (this will replace Duet AI).
Notably, Google claims that when developing Gemini Advanced and other AI products, it tried to allay worries about things like prejudice and harmful content. The business claims to have tested Gemini Advanced via “extensive trust and safety checks, including external red-teaming”—that is, testing by outside ethical hackers—before fine-tuning and using reinforcement learning to improve the model.