A year ago to the day Google announced Bard – its AI-powered ChatGPT rival. Bard was powered by the LaMDA model, but Google switched to Gemini in December. Now the service receives the name of the model that powers it. Goodbye, bard. Hello Gemini.
Gemini is now powered by the Gemini Pro 1.0 model. It is available in more than 230 countries and speaks more than 40 languages. This is available via the web interface – here’s the link – but you can also use the new Gemini app.
It’s a chat bot and you can talk to it via text or voice. However, Gemini is “multi-modal”, which means you can either give it a photo as input or ask it to generate an image.
Gemini is free to use, but as of today, it’s a Tier-2 solution – Google unveiled Gemini Advanced powered by Gemini Ultra 1.0. After the free 2-month trial, upgrading to the Google One AI Premium plan will cost you ₹20/€22/£19/₹1,950.
This includes 2 TB of storage and other benefits of Google One Premium (One Premium is normally $10). More recently, Google Gemini has been added to Gmail, Google Docs, and other services as well (it was originally called “Duet AI”). Gemini Advanced is available in 150+ countries as of today, but only in English (this will expand over time).
You can download the Gemini app for Android and iOS (it’s part of the Google app here).
Gemini is replacing Google Assistant on Android. You activate it the same way, by saying “Hey Google” or pressing the power button or whatever. You can ask it to summarize the text you’re reading or create text for a photo caption. The old voice control features – setting timers, making calls, controlling smart home devices – will continue to work through Gemini.
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