As per the rumors, finally, Google has decided to rebrand Bard to Gemini. Ever since Bard got access to the Gemini Pro model last year, the rumors for rebranding floated around and finally, it happened.
Apart from rebranding, Google has also unveiled its most capable model called Ultra 1.0, which is a subscription service called Gemini Advanced. Here is the blog with the announcement.
With this rebranding, all the tools previously available with Bard are still there, it’s just an upgrade to a more capable LLM. With this upgrade, Google has also improved the user interface with fewer visual distractions and easy navigation, just like ChatGPT. Google says they are bringing the best AI models with Gemini.
To access Gemini, you can go to bard.google.com and it will redirect to Gemini or you can type in gemini.google.com for direct access. Gemini is still free to use but there is an advanced version called Gemini Advanced.
Google launched Gemini Advanced, a new experience that gives you access to Ultra 1.0, the largest and most state-of-the-art AI model from Google.
With this new model, Gemini is far more capable of highly complex tasks like coding, logical reasoning, following nuanced instructions, and collaborating on creative projects.
However, to access the Ultra 1.0 AI model, users need to subscribe to the Gemini Advanced plan, which costs $19.99 per month. But with a Google subscription, they are giving 2 months free, which is nice.
Apart from rebranding, Google has also unveiled the new Gemini app for Android smartphones. For now, the Gemini app is only available in the US and Canada. We can expect the rollout of the app to the rest of the world soon. The new app supports the English language for now, support for more languages will be added later.
iPhone users can access Gemini in the Google app via a dedicated tab. So, iPhone users, go ahead and update your Google app to access Gemini on your devices. There is also an option to make Gemini your personal assistant and replace the Google Assistant. However, it doesn’t have the full range of actions that the assistant does.