Google may be scrapping Bard as the brand for its conversational AI tools this week as it begins rolling out its Gemini artificial intelligence model more widely.
Gemini was launched in December as a new family of AI models, starting with Nano running on Android phones and Gemini Pro powering a new version of the Google Bard chatbot.
Rumors hint at the possibility Google will just call all of its AI tools, including the chatbot itself after the model powering them. So instead of Bard with Gemini, it will simply be Google Gemini.
What else is changing?
Google added a new changelog for Bard, and — oh boy — it's a big one!The availability in Canada is awesome! That said I don't really understand the limitations with the app. That's disappointing as someone who lives in Europe.Oh by the way... https://t.co/xM2snHVYJ9 is real. pic.twitter.com/QKgKrRjmM4February 3, 2024
Based on the leaked changelog from February 7 the chatbot formerly known as Bard will get a simplified redesign and will included in a wider range of products.
Roussel, an Android developer, has previously shown leaked release notes for Bard that later proved to be correct, including the addition of image generation and wider language support.
If the new changelog is correct the new design for the Gemini chatbot will make it easier to use, reducing visual distractions and simplifying the navigation.
What is Gemini Advanced?
One of the issues with renaming Bard to Gemini is the confusion it will likely bring between the model and the service.
Gemini Advanced, or previously Bard Advanced is a new paid-for version of the chatbot that incorporates all the latest updates and capabilities of Gemini Utra, the underlying AI model.
It is better at coding, logical reasoning, nuanced instructions and collaborating on creative tasks such as image generation or storytelling. jW
When and where will it be available?
This will be available throughout most of the world and in a range of languages, but it will only be fully optimized for English queries in version 1.0.
We’ve had no indication of pricing yet although the leaked changelog hints at the chance to try it out, so may include a free trial period. This isn’t offered by Microsoft with Copilot Pro or OpenAI with ChatGPT Plus.
The dedicated Gemini app will only be available for Android but Gemini will be built in to the Google app on iOS.
Initially it will only be available in the US but will rollout globally soon after, except for the UK, Switzerland, and European Economic Area countries which will have to wait longer. This is likely due to privacy legislation in the EU.
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