Google’s Bard is expanding its reach to Europe and Brazil. The AI chatbot, which launched in February, has also received new features such as spoken word responses and image recognition.
Google planned to launch Bard in Europe a month ago but postponed the date to comply with privacy requirements. However, the plans were delayed due to the demands of regulators in Ireland, where Google’s European headquarters are located.
Following regulatory demands concerning copyright and users’ privacy, Google had to enhance its safety measures to ensure compliance. The company aims to improve transparency, ensuring that users understand how their data is used and granting them greater control over their information.
Initially, Bard was accessible in 180 countries and territories, but now it has expanded its reach to over 230 countries and territories.
Google Enhances Bard With New Features
Bard has introduced new features to enhance its capabilities. The chatbot can now handle images, as well as text, allowing users to upload an image and ask Bard for information or a caption related to it. Image analysis is currently only available in English, but the company plans to expand it to other languages soon.
Another new feature is the ability to change the tone and style of Bard’s responses to suit different purposes and preferences. Users can choose from five options: simple, long, short, professional, or casual. For example, users can ask Bard to help them write a marketplace listing for a vintage armchair and then ask the chatbot to shorten the response or make it more casual. This feature is live in English and will be available in more languages in the future, the company said.
Bard’s spoken responses are touted as a valuable tool for assisting with word pronunciation or recitation of poems or scripts. Users can listen to spoken responses by inputting a prompt and clicking the sound icon. The feature, which supports over 40 languages (including Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, German, and Spanish), is already accessible to users.
Google’s AI tool also introduced productivity features. Users can now pin and rename their chats in the sidebar to access them later. Also, users can export Python code from Bard to Replit, as well as Google Colab, and share Bard chats with others using shareable links. These features are available in more than 40 languages.
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