Google Bard dead, Welcome Google Gemini

Google Bard is getting a new look called Gemini. It’s like a makeover for the chatbot.

Google Bard, the AI chatbot introduced last year to rival OpenAI’s ChatGPT, is getting a new name: Gemini. Gemini became Google’s biggest and most advanced AI model when it was officially launched in December. Since Bard was already using Gemini, it makes sense to simplify things. The news actually leaked a couple of days ago.

Android users are getting a brand new Gemini app. Credit: Google

Sissie Hsiao, Vice President and General Manager of Gemini experiences and Google Assistant, explained, “Our goal with Bard has always been to offer direct access to our AI models, and Gemini represents our most advanced family of models. So, Bard will now just be known as Gemini.”

Gemini, the new name for Google Bard, is bringing some fresh updates and a new mobile experience. For Android users, Gemini will serve as a smart version of Google Assistant, but you can still summon it the same way. It will keep familiar features like setting timers, making calls, and controlling smart home gadgets. Plus, Android users can chat with Gemini using natural language and a new overlay feature.

For iPhone users, Gemini will be part of the main Google app soon. Tapping on Gemini will open a chat window within the app, but it won’t be as handy as on Android.

Right now, Gemini is powered by the Pro 1.0 model, available in over 40 languages worldwide. But Google is launching Gemini Advanced today, powered by the Ultra 1.0 model. It’s better at complex tasks like coding and understanding detailed instructions.

To use Google’s newest AI chatbot, it’ll cost you $20 a month

For extra-smart Google Assistant you can chat with for $20 a month. That’s what Google’s offering with “Gemini Advanced,” a new, powerful upgrade to their AI assistant.

Think of it like a VIP pass for your existing cloud storage (where you keep photos, documents, etc.). Millions already pay $2-$10 monthly for cloud storage, and now, some can add Gemini for an extra $20.

This super-charged AI will be available on your phone (as a separate app), in the Google app itself, and even in Gmail and Docs! It’s like having a helpful robot friend following you around the internet.

Other companies like OpenAI and Perplexity are also building similar smart assistants for $20 a month. It’s a big race to create the best AI helper, like something out of a sci-fi movie!

But hold on… this technology is still young. While exciting, AI assistants can sometimes make mistakes or even generate false information. Plus, there are concerns about copyright and even democracy!

Companies are rushing to sell these early versions even though they’re not perfect. They hope to be the leader in the future of AI and make big profits along the way.

So, is Gemini worth it? That depends! If you’re curious about having an extra-smart assistant and can afford the cost, it might be fun to try. But remember, it’s still under development, and there are potential downsides to this new technology.

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