Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, chances are you’ve probably heard all the buzz around generative AI software, which allows users to perform different tasks and create documents, artwork, and more, all with a simple typewritten prompt. Platforms such as Chat GPT and Google Bard have made generative AI more accessible to end users the world over, and it looks like the trend is here to stay.
In the case of Bard, Google has finally decided to rebrand its AI software into the arguably more attractively-named “Gemini,” which is available for both desktop and mobile platforms. Google says that Gemini is its most powerful AI model yet, and is now accessible for users in different regions worldwide. In an official announcement post, Google states:
“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… You can already chat with Gemini with our Pro 1.0 model in over 40 languages and more than 230 countries and territories. And now, we’re bringing you two new experiences — Gemini Advanced and a mobile app — to help you easily collaborate with the best of Google AI.”
Gemini is available to users in more than a hundred countries worldwide – but what does it come with?
With Gemini Advanced, end users can access Google’s “Ultra 1.0” AI model. Ultra 1.0 is designed to perform different tasks which involve reasoning, as well as contextual awareness which should come in handy since a majority of its usage will revolve around conversations based on text prompts – users can basically talk with Gemini and have it generate custom images, documents, and such. Google adds that more features will be brought over soon, so end users can expect expanded multimodal capabilities, more interactive coding features, and more.
On one hand, Google has decided that such functionality comes at a price – Gemini Advanced will be part of a subscription-based model under Google’s One AI Premium Plan for $19.99/month. Google does offer users two months’ worth of free use (as part of a trial) in addition to 2TB of Google Drive storage, with Gemini Advanced integration with other Google apps such as Docs, Gmail, and a whole lot more.
Gemini for Mobile
With that being said, google has likewise developed a more “portable” solution for folks who want to try out Gemini on-the-go. Gemini will also be available for mobile devices including Android and iOS smartphones, and is now available for users in North America, Canada, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the UK, to name a few.
On Android, users can download the Gemini app from the Play Store, or alternatively install the .apk file on their device (in case it’s not available on their regional Play Store). Users can also access Gemini for Android via the Google Assistant app, or from where they usually activate Google Assistant. Gemini will have support for voice commands, smart home controls, and more. For iPhone users, Gemini will be accessible via the Google app for iOS in the coming weeks.
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