Just as Microsoft rebranded Bing Chat to unify its AI-generating branding, Google is doing the same with Bard and Duet AI. Services , after . Changing the name . Google has also debuted a dedicated Gemini Android app along with a paid version of the chatbot that has more enhanced capabilities.
“Bard has been the best way for people to experience our most capable models firsthand,” said Google CEO Sundar Pichai. . “To reflect the advanced technology at its core, Bard will now be called Gemini. It is available in 40 languages on the web and is coming to the new Gemini app on Android and on the Google app on iOS.”
Those who download the Gemini Android app can replace Google Assistant as the default assistant on their devices. So, when you long press the home button or say “Hey Google,” your phone or tablet can launch Gemini instead of Assistant. You can also make this switch by signing up through Assistant.
Doing so will enable a new conversation overlay on your screen. Along with quick access to Gemini, the overlay will provide contextual suggestions, such as the ability to create a description for a photo you just took or request more information about an article on your screen.
You'll also be able to access commonly used Assistant features through the Gemini app, from making calls and setting timers to controlling smart home devices. Google said it will bring more Assistant functionality to Gemini in the future. This certainly makes it seem as if Google is phasing out Assistant in favor of Gemini. The app also includes access to Gemini Advanced (more on that in a bit).
As for iOS, there won't be a separate Gemini app at the moment. Alternatively, you can access it through the Google app by tapping the Gemini key.
Gemini is available on Android and iOS in English in the US starting today. Next week, Google will begin providing access to the chatbot in more languages: English, as well as Japanese and Korean. As you might expect, Gemini is coming to more countries and languages in the future.
Additionally, Google is opening up access to what it says is its largest and most capable AI model, Ultra 1.0, through Gemini Advanced. The company claims that this is capable of having longer, more in-depth conversations with the ability to remember context from previous chats. Gemini Advanced is “much more capable of doing very complex tasks like programming, logical thinking, following precise instructions, and collaborating on creative projects,” she says.
Gemini Advanced is now available in English in 150 countries and territories. To access it, you will need to subscribe to the new . This costs $20 per month — after a two-month free trial. Along with Gemini Advanced, this subscription includes everything from the Google One Premium plan, including 2TB of storage and. Subscribers will also be able to use Gemini in apps like Gmail, Docs, Slides, and Sheets in the near future (this is a replacement).
It's worth noting that Google says it sought to mitigate concerns like bias and unsafe content while creating Gemini Advanced and other AI products. The company says it conducted “extensive trust and safety checks, including external red teaming” (i.e. testing by third-party ethical hackers) on Gemini Advanced before With reinforcement learning and fine-tuning.
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