In December, Google unveiled Gemini, its largest and most advanced AI model, alongside the announcement that Bard would integrate a tailored version, Gemini Pro, which has now launched in Nigeria as of today, February 1st.
Gemini Pro into Bard boasts enhanced capabilities in understanding, summarizing, reasoning, coding, and planning.
Google has also emphasized proactive engagement with experts and policymakers to ensure responsible AI deployment.
The launch includes expanded features for fact-checking Bard’s responses via the “G” icon and introduces text-to-image generation, leveraging Gemini’s multimodal capabilities to generate photorealistic visuals based on textual descriptions, offering users an innovative creative tool.
Use Gemini Pro in all supported languages and places
By bringing Gemini Pro into Bard in English, Google gave Bard more advanced understanding, reasoning, summarizing and coding abilities.
Now Gemini Pro in Bard is available in over 40 languages and more than 230 countries and territories, Nigeria inclusive; so more people can collaborate with the fastest and most capable version of Bard yet.
The Large Model Systems Organization, a leading evaluator of language models and chatbots across languages, recently shared that Bard with Gemini Pro is one of the most preferred chatbots available (with or without cost), noting that it has made a “stunning leap” forward.
And blind evaluations with our third-party raters identified Bard with Gemini Pro as one of the top-performing chatbots, compared to leading free and paid alternatives.
Double-check your responses in more languages
Since Google knows people want the ability to corroborate Bard’s responses, they’re also expanding the double-check feature, which is already used by millions of people in English, to more than 40 languages.
When you click on the “G” icon, Bard will evaluate whether there is content across the web to substantiate its response.
If it can be evaluated, you can click the highlighted phrases and learn more about supporting or contradicting information found by Search.
Bring your ideas to life with image generation
For an extra creative boost, you can now generate images in Bard in English in most countries around the world, at no cost.
This new capability is powered by our updated Imagen 2 model, which is designed to balance quality and speed, delivering high-quality, photorealistic outputs.
Just type in a description — like “create an image of a dog riding a surfboard” — and Bard will generate custom, wide-ranging visuals to help bring your idea to life.
Carousel of images generated by Bard
Consistent with Google’s AI Principles, image generation was designed with responsibility in mind.
For instance, to ensure there’s a clear distinction between visuals created with Bard and original human artwork, Bard uses SynthID to embed digitally identifiable watermarks into the pixels of generated images.
The company’s technical guardrails and investments in the safety of training data seek to limit violent, offensive or sexually explicit content.
Additionally, Google applies filters designed to avoid the generation of images of named people.
“We’ll continue investing in new techniques to improve the safety and privacy protections of our models.
“These updates make Bard an even more helpful and globally accessible AI collaborator for everything from big, creative projects to smaller, everyday tasks”, the company said Thursday.