Google Bard has finally gone through a rebrand and is now known as Gemini. This change also brings a new app, and you will be able to access this new change on your Android phone via the app. I do understand that all of this is very confusing, but we can try and make it easier for you to understand.
Now, Bard being renamed to Gemini brings another interesting thing. If you go ahead and download the app, you will be given a chance to opt in and remove Google Assistant. This will make the Gemini your new AI assistant, but the “Hey, Google” prompt will remain teh same. However, you will not get access to Assistant, so that is one thing that you will have to keep in mind. It is worth noting that the new Assistant replacement does not offer all the features that the Assistant used to offer.
As far as usability is concerned, you will be able to use Gemini to set timers, make calls, as well as control smart home devices. However, you are going to have to wait for other Assistant features to come to this newly revamped app. Thankfully, Google has confirmed that this is going to happen in the near future, but one thing is for sure–you should be getting ready to say goodbye to Google Assistant, and honestly, I do not like this rebrand.
Now, I personally have nothing against rebranding as it has become a very common thing in the tech world, but Google Assistant is or was an iconic service, and the same could be said about Bard. It’s just sad that Google never really gave Bard a chance, and now, this service, much like a lot of other Google services, is also dead or renamed, whatever you want to call it at this point.
Google has also talked about how Gemini will be able to understand whatever is happening on your phone’s screen, and this will provide you with the contextual information that you need. Google is hoping that with the new app, you will get a lot of AI prowess, and your overall experience will become better than before because, of course, it is hard for people to part ways with new technologies like that.
If you have been waiting for this rebrand, Google has commented that Gemini is going to roll out on Android and iOS devices in the U.S. starting today and will be available in English. You will soon be able to access this service in more locations in languages such as English, Japanese, and Korean, and this will start next week. Google wants to make sure that this rollout is much broader.
News Source: Google Play Store