Almost a month ago, Google’s AI Chatbot was forced to postpone its launch in Europe, as it faced resistance from the Irish Data Protection Commission, Google’s main data supervisor in the European bloc.
The commission had reportedly asked Google to comply with EU’s privacy guidelines and provide a detailed assessment report on how it is going to manage to safeguard Europeans’ privacy. At this point, Bard had already launched in 180 countries, and was awaiting confirmation from regulatory bodies to proceed in Europe.
Today, in a blog post, Google stated that it will be expanding to all 27 countries in the EU, and Brazil. In addition to that Bard also has had an update, with some changes.
Bard Gets an Upgrade, Adds Lens Support
Amongst the biggest changes to Bard is its ability to now reply to image prompts (thanks to Google Lens integration), and now, it can also dictate the answer for you. You simply do this by giving it a prompt, and with the answer, you’ll have a speaker icon on the top right hand side of the answer. Just click on that to ‘Listen‘ to the answer.
This feature is available in over 40 languages including English, Spanish, French, German, Hindi, Arabic and more. Also, one thing that lacked in Bard when compared to ChatGPT was its ability to store older conversations. Now, thanks to this recent update , it can do that too. On the left hand side of your window, you can now view all your past conversations with Bard.
As for the image prompts, you can ask bard to write you a caption, describe the image, or even extract information from it. Most of this was shown off earlier at Google I/O 2023 too.
In addition to this, you can now modify Bard’s responses. Google gives you the option to make these responses shorter, longer, more professional, or more casual, and also share these reponses with anyone via a sharable link.
You can check all of these updates on the Updates tab in Bard.
This is all we know for now, but rest assured that we will keep you updated as new information becomes available.