Google has announced that its AI chatbot Bard, which allows users to interact with various AI models and generate creative content, is rebranding as Gemini. The new name reflects the company’s most advanced family of AI models, which were previously known as Gemini Nano, Gemini Pro, and Gemini Ultra. Along with the name change, Google is also launching a new mobile app and a subscription plan for Gemini.
Sissie Hsiao, VP and General manager of Google Gemini Experiences said, since we launched Bard last year, people all over the world have used it to collaborate with AI in a completely new way — to prepare for job interviews, debug code, brainstorm new business ideas or, as we announced last week, create captivating images. Our mission with Bard has always been to give you direct access to our AI models, and Gemini represents our most capable family of models. To reflect this, Bard will now simply be known as Gemini.
Gemini is a chat mode of Google that lets users collaborate with AI in a conversational way. Users can ask Gemini to help them with tasks such as writing, coding, learning, brainstorming, or creating images. Gemini can also engage in casual chat, trivia, games, and jokes. Gemini uses different AI models to provide different levels of capabilities and features.
The Gemini app, which is available for Android and will soon come to iOS, allows users to access Gemini from their smartphones. The app has a simple and intuitive interface, where users can type or speak their prompts and see Gemini’s responses. The app also supports voice input and output, as well as text-to-speech and speech-to-text features. Users can also switch between different languages and models within the app.
The subscription plan, which is part of the Google One AI Premium Plan, gives users access to Gemini Advanced, which uses the Ultra 1.0 model. This is the largest and most capable AI model that Google has developed, and it can handle more complex and nuanced tasks than the Pro 1.0 model, which is available for free. Gemini Advanced can also understand the context from previous prompts better and have longer and more detailed conversations. The subscription plan costs $19.99 per month and also includes 2TB of storage and other benefits from Google One.
Google said that the rebranding and the new offerings are part of its mission to give users direct access to its AI models and to showcase its latest advancements in AI. The company also said that it will continue to improve Gemini and add new and exclusive features to Gemini Advanced, such as multimodal capabilities, interactive coding features, deeper data analysis capabilities, and more.
Gemini is available in over 40 languages and more than 230 countries and territories. Users can try Gemini for free on the web or download the app from the Google Play Store. Users can also sign up for a two-month trial of Gemini Advanced at no cost.