TECH NEWS – Google’s Bard AI chatbot can now speak and respond to visual commands. And it’s now available in the EU, including Hungary!
Google is adding some new features to its Bard AI chatbot. Among them is the ability to give Bard spoken answers. Also, the ability to respond to requests that include pictures. The chatbot is now available in most parts of the world, including the EU.
In a blog post, Google positions Bard’s spoken responses as a helpful way to “correct the pronunciation of a word or listen to a poem or script”. Verbal responses will be available to listen to by typing a prompt and selecting the voice icon. Voice responses will be available in over 40 languages. In fact, the company says they are already available for live testing.
The feature, which allows you to add images to prompts, was first unveiled by Google at its I/O conference in May. In one example, the company suggested it could be used to ask for help writing a funny caption for a picture of two dogs. The company says the feature is now available in English and will be extended to other languages “soon”.
Google is also introducing some other new features, including the ability to pin and rename conversations. Also, the ability to share replies with friends. And the ability to change the tone and style of the answers you receive back from Bard.
Google first opened access to Bard in March. However, it was only available in the US and the UK then. The company has since rolled out the chatbot to more countries, and this now includes “all EEA [European Economic Area] countries and Brazil”, said company spokeswoman Jennifer Rodstrom. This European expansion is a notable milestone; the company’s planned launch of Bard in the EU was postponed due to privacy concerns.
But that obstacle has now been cleared. We can now test Bard in Hungary – can it compete with the latest version of ChatGPT?!