Google has rebranded its generative AI chatbot, previously known as Bard, to Gemini, along with the introduction of its most advanced interface to date, Ultra 1.0. This renaming comes a year after Google initially launched its conversational chatbot, aiming to compete with Microsoft’s Bing in the rapidly evolving field of AI development.
Gemini, available through a prominently placed link in the Google app for iPhones, signifies the increasing integration of AI chatbots into the consumer experience, positioning them nearly at par with search engines.
Additionally, Google unveiled Gemini Ultra 1.0, its most powerful generative AI model, which will be accessible as an advanced chatbot for $20 per month in 150 countries, but currently only in English.
Gemini and Gemini Advanced, slightly less potent versions, will function as standalone applications for Android phones and integrate into the Google app for iPhones.
While concerns linger about the long-term implications of generative AI chatbots, Google and Microsoft emphasize their products’ ability to enhance online creativity. The announcement closely follows Microsoft’s revelation about the revamp of its equivalent application, now named Copilot, representing the evolution of Bing’s chatbot.
As the AI chatbot landscape evolves, both Google and Microsoft highlight the creative potential of their products, despite ongoing uncertainties and fears about the extended use of generative AI chatbots.