At its annual Google I/O conference, the tech giant announced some updates to its generative AI chatbot Bard, which is now available for all users in over 180 countries and territories without a waitlist or any other restrictions. Initially, Bard was only available in the US and the 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.
You can now use the chatbot in Argentina, Australia, Armenia, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Vietnam, and other countries. However, the list does not include Belarus, Russia, all EU countries, and Canada (due to problems with regulators).
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.
Bard will now be able to deliver answers in more than just text. For example, if you ask questions about must-see sights in certain areas, the chatbot will provide rich visuals in addition to text. Moreover, you can also use your images in a prompt or have the chatbot explain them to you. To make this happen, Google will bring Lens directly to Bard.
The tech giant is also working to connect Bard with other Google apps and services like Gmail, Docs, Maps, Sheets, as well as other third-party partners. For example, Google will integrate Adobe Firefly into Bard to let users easily turn their ideas into high-quality images.
Bard is a chatbot that can hold human-like conversations and answer questions in natural language. It can be used to generate software code or write captions for photos.