Bard, Google’s AI-powered ChatGPT rival, was announced a year ago today. In December, Google switched from LaMDA to Gemini to power Bard. The service will now be called after the model that powers it. I’ll miss you, Bard. Greetings, Gemini.
Gemini is now powered by Gemini Pro 1.0. Gemini supports over 40 languages and is available in more than 230 countries. Here’s the link to the web interface, but you can also use the new Gemini app.
The chatbot can be accessed via text or voice. Although Gemini is multimodal, you can also input a photo or ask it to generate one.
As of today, Gemini is the tier-2 solution – Google also unveiled Gemini Advanced, powered by Gemini Ultra 1.0. It’ll cost you $20/€22/£19/₹1,950 for the Google One AI Premium Plan.
This package includes 2TB of storage and other Google One Premium benefits (Normally $10 for One Premium). Google is soon going to enable Gemini in Gmail, Google Docs, and other services as well (originally called “Duet AI”). As of today, Gemini Advanced is available in 150+ countries, but only in English (this will be expanded over time).
Google Assistant is being replaced by Gemini on Android. Say “Hey Google” or press the power button to activate it, or however else you like. It can summarize an article you are reading or create a caption for a photo. Gemini will continue to support the old voice control features, such as setting timers, making calls, and controlling smart home devices.