Google rebrands its Bard AI chatbot as Gemini, Launches Dedicated Android App

To better reflect its multimodal AI paradigm, Google is renaming Bard and Duet AI as Gemini, emulating Microsoft’s rebranding of Bing Chat as Copilot. This rebranding was made public earlier this month. Google also released the Gemini Android app and a more feature-rich version of the chatbot in conjunction with this update.

In a blog post, Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated that Bard has been a crucial component of our most cutting-edge models’ user interface. Bard will now go by Gemini to more accurately reflect the cutting-edge technology upon which it is based. It’s available online in forty languages, and soon the Google app for iOS and the new Gemini app for Android will also be available.

Users can set the new Gemini Android app as their default assistant, taking the place of Google Assistant. This means that, if users want to do so through the Assistant settings, Gemini can be used in place of Assistant by long-pressing the home button or saying “Hey Google.”

This update improves user interaction with Gemini by adding a conversational overlay to users’ screens. The overlay offers contextual recommendations in addition to facilitating fast access to Gemini. Examples of these include producing captions for recently shot images and providing in-depth analysis of articles that are shown on the screen.

Bard becomes Gemini | Ultra 1.0 and a new mobile app

In addition, the Gemini app offers access to well-known Assistant features like calling, scheduling, and controlling smart home devices. Google has indicated that it intends to gradually move from Assistant to Gemini by incorporating more Assistant functionality into Gemini in the future. Additionally, the app provides access to Gemini Advanced for additional advanced features.

Gemini won’t be accessible as a stand-alone app for iOS users at this time. Alternatively, by turning on the Gemini function in the Google app, it can be accessed.

Gemini is now available in English on both Android and iOS devices in the United States. Starting next week, Google plans to make the chatbot available in other English-speaking nations as well as Japanese and Korean. Future plans include for more expansions into other languages and nations.

Additionally, Google is making Ultra 1.0, its most sophisticated AI model to date, available through Gemini Advanced. This model can recall the background of previous discussions and is intended for more in-depth, meaningful dialogues. Gemini Advanced is an expert in difficult jobs like coding, logical reasoning, following thorough directions, and supporting creative endeavors, according to Google.

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Gemini Advanced is currently available in 150 countries and territories in English. Users must sign up for Google’s new One AI Premium Plan, which costs $20 a month—the same as Copilot Pro—in order to utilize it. The plan includes a two-month free trial. In addition to giving users access to Gemini Advanced, the subscription offers all of the features of the Google One Premium Plan, including a VPN and 2TB of storage. Furthermore, subscribers will soon be able to replace Duet AI with Gemini by integrating it into programs like Gmail, Docs, Slides, and Sheets.

While developing Gemini Advanced and other AI products, Google has made a point of addressing possible issues about prejudice and harmful content. In order to evaluate Gemini Advanced, the corporation conducted extensive assessments of trust and safety, which included external red-teaming by outside ethical hackers. The model was further improved by fine-tuning procedures and reinforcement learning approaches after these evaluations.

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