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Google releases Gemini AI app to compete with ChatGPT

Google releases Gemini AI app to compete with ChatGPT

To catch up to OpenAI's well-liked ChatGPT, Google is putting all of its resources into Gemini, the high-profile AI language model it unveiled late last year.

The company released a Gemini app specifically for Android on Thursday, and it combined all of Duet AI's features from Google Workspace under the Gemini name. The company also renamed its Bard chatbot as Gemini.

Additionally, it revealed that Google's large language model, known as Gemini Ultra 1.0, is going public. This version of the model is the largest and most powerful yet. 

The majority of users will probably find the new tool through Gemini's mobile apps. Gemini can be set as your default assistant on Android devices by downloading the new app. This means that Gemini will take the place of Google Assistant as the app that launches when you say "Hey Google" or press and hold the home button. 

Although it doesn't appear that Google is completely abandoning Assistant just yet, the company has been deprioritizing Assistant for some time and makes it plain that Gemini is the way of the future. 

“I think it’s a super important first step towards building a true AI assistant,” says Sissie Hsiao, who runs Bard (now Gemini) at Google. 

“One that is conversational, it’s multimodal, and it’s more helpful than ever before.” 

Though the Google app has all the AI features, there is no Gemini app specifically for iOS, and you cannot set any other assistant than Siri as your default. The fact that there will be a toggle at the top of the app that allows you to switch from Search to Gemini further illustrates how significant Gemini is to Google. 

There is growing evidence that Gemini may be just as significant as Search, which has been by far the most important product for Google throughout its existence. It's likely safe to assume that Google's in-search artificial intelligence system will eventually be called Gemini as well. For the time being, however, it is still known as Search Generative Experience.

The majority of the other Gemini changes are related to branding. The chatbot will continue to function as it did before, even though Google is removing the Bard moniker. Similarly, all of the AI capabilities found in Google Workspace apps, such as Gmail and Docs—which were formerly known as "Duet AI" but are now also referred to as Gemini—will continue to function as they did before. 

These are the features that assist you with drafting emails, managing spreadsheets, and completing other tasks related to your job.

The majority of users will continue to utilise the Gemini Pro standard version of the model. 

The most potent version of the model, Gemini Ultra, requires the use of a Gemini Advanced subscription, which is included in the new $20 monthly Google One AI Premium plan. 

 For those users, Google frames it as just an additional $10 per month since the subscription includes 2TB of Google Drive storage in addition to all the other features of Google One. 

For all other users, the cost is the same as that of ChatGPT Plus and other products; $20 per month appears to be the average cost of a sophisticated AI bot.

Gemini Ultra "sets the state of the art across a wide range of benchmarks across text, image, audio, and video" for that $20 a month, according to Hsiao. The Ultra model is intended to be more adept at complex tasks like coding and is capable of carrying out longer conversations with more context.

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