Google rebrands its Bard AI chatbot as Gemini, which now has its personal Android app

Simply as Microsoft renamed Bing Chat to Copilot to unify its generative AI branding, Google is doing the identical factor with Bard and Duet AI. The companies now bear the name Gemini, after Google’s multimodal AI model. The title change leaked earlier this month. Google has additionally debuted a devoted Gemini Android app alongside a paid model of the chatbot that has extra enhanced capabilities.

“Bard has been one of the best ways for individuals to instantly expertise our most succesful fashions,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a blog post. “To mirror the superior tech at its core, Bard will now merely be known as Gemini. It’s obtainable in 40 languages on the internet and is coming to a brand new Gemini app on Android and on the Google app on iOS.”

Those that obtain the Gemini Android app can truly substitute Google Assistant because the default assistant on their system. So, once you lengthy press the house button or utter “Hey Google,” your telephone or pill can hearth up Gemini as an alternative of Assistant. You can too make this swap by opting in by way of Assistant.

Doing so will allow a brand new conversational overlay in your show. Together with swift entry to Gemini, the overlay will supply contextual recommendations, comparable to the power to generate an outline for a photograph you simply took or ask for extra details about an article that is in your display.

You may additionally be capable to entry generally used Assistant options by way of the Gemini app, from making calls and setting timers to controlling sensible residence units. Google mentioned it’ll convey extra Assistant features to Gemini sooner or later. That definitely makes it sound as if Google is phasing out Assistant in favor of Gemini. The app additionally consists of entry to Gemini Superior (extra on that in a second).

As for iOS, there will not be a separate Gemini app for now. As a substitute, you’ll be able to entry it by way of the Google app by tapping the Gemini toggle.

Gemini is obtainable on Android and iOS in English within the US beginning in the present day. Subsequent week, Google will begin providing entry to the chatbot in additional locales in English, in addition to in Japanese and Korean. As you would possibly anticipate, Gemini is coming to extra international locations and languages down the road.

As well as, Google is opening up entry to what it says is its largest and most succesful AI mannequin, Extremely 1.0, by way of Gemini Superior. The corporate claims this is ready to have longer and extra in-depth conversations with the power to recall context from earlier chats. It says Gemini Superior “is way extra succesful at extremely complicated duties like coding, logical reasoning, following nuanced directions and collaborating on artistic tasks.”

Gemini Superior is obtainable now in English in 150 international locations and territories. To entry it, you may want to enroll in the brand new Google One AI Premium Plan. This prices $20 monthly — the same price as Copilot Pro — after a two-month free trial. Together with Gemini Superior, this subscription consists of the whole lot from the Google One Premium Plan, together with 2TB of storage and a VPN. Subscribers will even be capable to use Gemini in apps comparable to Gmail, Docs, Slides and Sheets within the close to future (that is changing Duet AI).

Of observe, Google says it sought to mitigate considerations comparable to bias and unsafe content material whereas constructing Gemini Superior and different AI merchandise. The corporate says it carried out “intensive belief and security checks, together with exterior red-teaming” (i.e. testing by third-party moral hackers) on Gemini Superior earlier than refining the model with reinforcement studying and wonderful tuning.

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