At its annual Google I/O conference, the tech giant announced some updates to its generative AI chatbot Bard, which is now available to all users in more than 180 countries and territories with no waiting list or any other restrictions. Initially, Bard was only available in the US and UK.
Previously only available in English, Bard is now also available in Japanese and Korean. Google plans to add support for 40 more languages in the coming months.
Now you can use the chatbot in Argentina, Australia, Armenia, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Vietnam and other countries. However, Belarus, Russia, all EU countries and Canada (due to regulatory issues) are not on the list.
The bard also knows 20 programming languages and can explain code snippets as well as help users debug code.
In addition, Google also announced many new features for Bard, including dark mode, export functionality, and visual search.
The bard will now be able to give answers not just in text. For example, if you’re asking questions about must-see attractions in certain areas, the chatbot will provide rich visuals in addition to text. Furthermore, you can also use your images as a prompt or have the chatbot explain them to you. To make that happen, Google will bring Lens directly to Bard.
The tech giant is also working to connect Bard with other Google apps and services, such as Gmail, Docs, Maps, Sheets, as well as other third-party partners. For example, Google will integrate Adobe Firefly into Bard so that users can easily turn their ideas into high-quality images.
Bard is a chatbot that can have human-like conversations and answer questions in natural language. It can be used to generate software code or write captions for photos.