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Google plans to rename its AI model from Bard to Gemini

Numerous hints have surfaced, strongly suggesting that Google is on the verge of renaming Bard, its artificial intelligence. It is quite probable that the new name will be Gemini, aligning with the current designation of the AI model that drives Bard.

What was initially a mere rumor is about to be made official: a changelog for the next version of Bard indicates that this name change will probably take place this week, more precisely on Wednesday, February 7th (date indicated in the log). This log soberly states that “Bard is now Gemini”, knowing that the chatbot is powered by Gemini Pro. This change affects Bard in all countries where AI is available:

“We’re committed to giving everyone direct access to Google’s AI, and starting this week, all Gemini users in our supported countries and languages will have access to Google’s best-in-class family of AI models. To better reflect this commitment, we have renamed Bard to Gemini.”

The changelog also informs that Gemini Advanced (the paid subscription version of it) will also be available from February 7th, with the chatbot being based on Gemini Ultra, an advanced version of LLM. Google says Advanced will have “extensive multimodal capabilities,” meaning the AI will be able to process text, audio, and graphic information, as well as advanced capabilities to “deeper analyze files, documents, data, etc.”

Finally, this chatbot will be accessible on smartphones through a dedicated application for Android and iOS:“Get help learning new skills, writing thank you notes, planning events and more with Google AI on your phone. Gemini is integrated with Google applications such as Gmail, Maps and YouTube, making it easy to carry out tasks on your phone. You can interact with it through text, voice or images.”

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