Google’s AI Assistant Gemini, previously known as Bard, has expanded its availability to various regions. This includes Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Africa, and Canada. According to Android Police, at the launch of Gemini, it was only available to users in the United States. However, its availability is now spreading to other regions. The rollout of Gemini, Google’s family of large language models, is a significant move, with the company aiming to integrate it into almost all its products, from Android to the iOS Google app, Gmail, Docs, and more. The expansion of Gemini is part of Google’s efforts to make its AI assistant available to a wider audience, with plans to support multiple languages and regions in the future.
Availability and Rollout
Google has previously promised that Gemini will be available in more regions starting from Monday. However, the company did not give a detailed list of countries where it will be available. According to reports, multiple German users and the Associated Press editor in Germany discovered on Saturday that their Pixel 8 Pro and Pixel 7 Pro can now activate and use the Gemini App.
Android Police itself claims that Pixel 6a in India can also smoothly access the Gemini app. But before now, users need to sideload and install the app from a third-party app store.
On Thursday local time, Jack Krawczyk, Google’s Bard/Gemini product lead, said that Asia Pacific, Latin America, North America and Africa will be the next wave of regions to receive support. Geolocation-based restrictions only apply to the app, and the web version of Bard/Gemini is already available to users around the world.
Google announced on February 8 that it would rename the Bard AI chatbot, Gemini and launch a dedicated Gemini Android app. Google also announced Gemini Ultra 1.0 – the largest and most powerful version of Google’s large language model.
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How to Access Gemini
For Android users, the Gemini app can be accessed from the web at gemini.google.com or through the mobile app. Android users can set the Gemini app as their default assistant, replacing the Google Assistant on their phone. Gemini is available for Android phones with at least 4GB of RAM and running Android 12 and above. If the Gemini app is the default assistant, Android users can activate it by long-pressing the power button, swiping diagonally from the lower corners of the screen, or saying “Hey Google.”
For Apple iPhone users, Google has not launched a dedicated Gemini app for iOS, but has integrated the functions into the Google app. This means that iOS users can download the Google app to access Gemini. The app allows users to interact with Gemini via voice, image, and text, and it seamlessly integrates with various Google services.
Advanced Features and Subscription
Google has introduced an advanced version of Gemini called Gemini Advanced, which is available with the $20/month Google OneAI Premium Plan. This advanced model, powered by AI technology dubbed “Ultra 1.0,” offers sophisticated AI capabilities, such as tutoring students, providing computer programming tips, and generating content based on user preferences. The Gemini Advanced subscription includes 2 terabytes of storage and is being offered with a free two-month trial to encourage users to try it out.
In conclusion, Google’s AI Assistant Gemini, with its expanded availability in various regions, represents a significant advancement in the integration of AI into everyday products and services. The company’s efforts to make Gemini available in multiple languages and regions, along with the introduction of advanced features, reflect its commitment to providing a more personalized and sophisticated AI experience for users worldwide.
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