Google renames its AI chatbot as Gemini to compete with ChatGPT
Google announced on Thursday, February 8 that Bard, its experimental chatbot launched in March of last year, has been renamed Gemini, after the text, voice, and image-capable AI model that began powering the Bard chatbot in December.
On November 30, 2022, OpenAI launched ChatGPT. It is a chatbot that can answer questions about almost any subject. It is based on a large language model and allows users to tailor conversations to their preferred length, format, style, level of detail, and language.
Since then, companies have competed, creating new types of chatbots to compete with ChatGPT. Companies like Microsoft came up with Copilot chat tools, which have integrated GPT4. A company like Google may come out in all these competitions. So, Google launched its ChatGPT-like chatbot, Bard, on March 21, 2023, to compete with ChatGPT.
On February 8th, Google announced that the experimental chatbot Bard has undergone a makeover and received a brand new name: Gemini.
Apart from renaming, google also has introduced a paid version of Gemini which is called Gemini Advanced. a subscription-based service called AI Premium. Because ChatGPT also has a paid version, we need to understand the distinctions between these two chatbots.
Google One Cloud is a subscription service that costs $10 per month and provides additional storage for your Gmail, Drive and Photos. They’ve lifted their offering slightly. Now, for $20 per month you not only get more storage (an additional 2 terabytes) but you also get access to Gemini Advanced with ultra 1.0 model which includes some extra features to improve your experience such as a chat-driven search function.
On the other side, we have OpenAI’s ChatGPT Plus which also costs $20 per month. Instead of extra storage, you’ll gain access to their highest-ranking chatbot which is known for having high-quality conversations. Likewise, they have a feature called the GPT store where you can find custom chatbot functions created by experts.
In short, Google provides more storage and some useful search features whereas OpenAI provides a high-quality chatbot experience with access to extra features.
The thing with IOS is a bit different. Google hasn’t released a standalone Gemini app for iOS and even if you prefer to use a non-Siri assistant, you cannot set it as the default. but you will still be able to use all of the AI features through the Google app.
According to OpenAI, ChatGPT has more than 100 million weekly active users and has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing consumer products since its launch in November 2022. Google will most likely have a long way to go before Gemini achieves the same level of recognition as ChatGPT.
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1. What is Gemini, and how does it differ from ChatGPT?
Gemini is a chatbot launched by Google, originally named Bard and later rebranded in February 2023. Gemini offers a subscription-based service called Gemini Advanced, providing access to extra features such as the ultra 1.0 model and chat-driven search function. While ChatGPT Plus, offered by OpenAI focuses on providing a high-quality chatbot experience with access to additional functionalities through the GPT store.
2. What are the key features of Google’s Gemini Advanced subscription?
Google’s Gemini Advanced subscription priced at $20 per month, offers users an additional 2 terabytes of storage along with access to advanced features such as the ultra 1.0 model and a chat-driven search function.
3. How does the availability of Gemini on iOS devices differ from other platforms?
While Google has not released a standalone Gemini app for iOS devices, users can still access all AI features through the Google app. but, unlike other platforms, iOS users cannot set a non-Siri assistant as the default. Despite this limitation, iOS users can still leverage the capabilities of Gemini through the Google app.