During the Google I/O conference in 2023, Google announced that its AI-powered chatbot called Bard will now be widely available across 180 countries and territories, including India. The company removed the waitlist restriction, making Bard accessible to anyone who wants to use it. Google also revealed that Bard will be available in Japanese and Korean languages, with 40 more languages to be added soon.
Announcing the company’s move via a blogpost, Sissie Hsiao, VP and general manager, Google Assistant and Bard, said that while Bard was rolled out two months ago, in the US and UK, the company received quite a bit of feedbacks. “We recently moved Bard to PaLM 2, a far more capable large language model, which has enabled many of our recent improvements — including advanced math and reasoning skills and coding capabilities,” she adds.
Bard was launched in March 2023 as a competitor to OpenAI’s ChatGPT, which was launched in November 2022. Google plans to continue developing Bard while making it available to a wider audience. One of the new features of Bard is the ability to provide visual responses to users’ queries. Google partnered with Adobe to develop this image generation capability and integrated Adobe Firefly into Bard. With this integration, users can turn their ideas into images and include them alongside text in their prompts, allowing for more creativity and imagination.
To enable this feature, Google is integrating the power of Google Lens into Bard. This development is a significant step forward in enhancing the chatbot’s user experience, making it more engaging and useful. With Bard’s expansion, Google aims to offer a more personalized and immersive experience to its users, further strengthening its position as a leader in the field of conversational AI.