At the Google I/O 2023 on May 10, Google has announced that its ChatGPT rival, Google Bard, will be available in over 180 countries, and the waitlist is over.
“As we continue to make additional improvements and introduce new features, we want to get Bard into more people’s hands so they can try it out and share their feedback with us.” the company said.
Prior to this, the AI service was available to users in the United States and the United Kingdom from March 21 through a waitlist, which has been removed today. Bard will also be available in Japanese and Korean, besides English, with plans to support 40 languages shortly.
“Since we rolled out Bard — initially in the U.S. and the U.K. — we’ve gotten quite a bit of feedback and have adapted quickly to make your experience with it even better,” said Sissie Hsiao, vice president and general manager, Assistant and Bard at Google.
How to access Bard in India?
Google Bard AI chatbot can be accessed via bard.google.com. The user will get the option to ‘join the waitlist’. You can just hit the button and then you’ll be notified when the access is granted. The page says, “Thanks for your interest in Bard. You’ll receive an email when it’s your turn.” Once you’ve received the green light, you can head back to the Bard website and it will ask for your permissions before starting your first chat session.
Google is updating Bard with a handful of new capabilities while also previewing several other upcoming features, like Gmail export. Bard is getting the ability to export generated text to Gmail and Google Docs with formatting, like subject lines, preserved.
People often ask Bard for a head start drafting emails and documents, so today we’re making it easy to export Bard’s responses right into Gmail and Google Docs. #GoogleIO pic.twitter.com/CfIKf1IFCl
— Google (@Google) May 10, 2023
For more general uses, Google is making Bard more visual, with the ability to analyze images, offer images in query results, and generate visuals using AI. The visual results will appear in Bard the same way they might in some Google queries.
A more interesting function is the ability to prompt the system with an image. This is powered by Google Lens, which is able to identify objects within pictures. Google says it will also soon be integrating Firefly, Adobe’s AI image generator, into Bard so you can easily and quickly turn your own creative ideas into high-quality images, which you can then edit further or add to your designs in Adobe Express.
Let’s say you’re planning a birthday party for your 7-year-old who loves unicorns, and you want a fun image to send out with the invitations. All you have to do is ask Bard: “Make an image of a unicorn and a cake at a kids party” — and it’ll generate an image within seconds, all while adhering to Adobe’s high standards for quality and ethical responsibility.
Further, Bard will get a Dark Mode, a feature that developers have asked for to make interacting with Bard a lot easier on your eyes.