Google renames AI Chatbot, launches subscription
Google It renamed its intelligent chatbot, launched a new version of it, introduced mobile experiences, and added a new subscription plan.
The AI model, previously known as Bard, is now called Gemini, Google said in a blog post on Thursday (February 8).
Along with the rebranding, Google launched Gemini Advanced, a new chatbot that gives users access to the company’s largest AI model, Ultra 1.0. Gemini Advanced is now available in 150 countries and regions in English, with more languages to be added later, according to the post.
“With our Ultra 1.0 model, Gemini Advanced is much more capable of performing highly complex tasks like programming, logical thinking, following precise instructions, and collaborating on creative projects,” Sisi Hsiao, vice president and general manager of Gemini and Google Assistant experiences, wrote. the post.
Gemini Advanced is available as part of the new Google One AI Premium plan. Priced at $19.99 per month, this plan also includes all the benefits of the current Google One Premium plan. Soon, subscribers will also be able to use Gemini in Google apps like Gmail, Docs, Slides, and Sheets, per post.
Google also announced Thursday that it is rolling out the mobile experience for Gemini and Gemini Advanced, with the new Gemini app on Android and as part of the Google app on iOS. This will make it easier to access your chatbot on the go.
The company is rolling out the Gemini app on Android and iOS phones in the US in English starting Thursday. It will add more countries in English as well as Japanese and Korean next week, and more countries and languages later, according to the post.
“This is an important first step in building a true AI assistant — one that is conversational, multimodal, and helpful,” Hsiao wrote in the post.
Google announced the Bard program in February 2023, and launched it in March, marking the company’s entry into the generative artificial intelligence race.
During an October earnings call, Google executives said the company’s focus on AI integration aims to provide users with a more intuitive and intelligent experience that adapts to their needs and handles personal tasks in innovative ways across different mediums.
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