In May of 2023, Google made its Bard AI chatbot available to the public, initially supporting only English, Japanese, and Korean languages. However, just two months later, the tech giant has expanded Bard’s language support to include over 40 languages, showcasing its commitment to accessibility and global reach.
The expansion of Bard’s language support means that users can now engage with the chatbot in a variety of languages, including Arabic, Chinese, German, Hindi, and Spanish, among others. This enhancement allows a more diverse range of users to benefit from Bard’s capabilities, fostering communication and interaction across different cultures and regions.
Initially, Bard was only available in 180 English-speaking countries. However, Google has extended its usage to Europe, South America, Africa, and other parts of the world, demonstrating its commitment to making the chatbot accessible on a global scale. This expansion ensures that users from various countries can now experience the benefits of Bard’s conversational AI.
With the language expansion, Bard introduces several new features to enhance user experience. Users can now listen to vocalized responses, particularly helpful for prompts related to poems or dialogue scenes, or when encountering tricky pronunciations. By pressing the sound icon next to a message, users can hear the responses aloud, adding an auditory dimension to the interaction.
Additionally, Google fulfills another promise made by Google by allowing users to drop images into Bard. This feature enables users to analyze images, generate captions, or seek more information from the internet. While this feature is currently available only in English, it promises further advancements in image-based interactions.
Bard also introduces the ability to customize the tone and length of its responses. Users can adjust the responses to align with their desired style, whether it’s making them longer or shorter, simpler or more professional, or even more casual. This customization option adds a personal touch to the conversations with Bard.
To facilitate continuity in conversations, users can now pin responses and save them to a sidebar. This feature allows users to pick up their Bard conversations where they left off, ensuring a seamless and uninterrupted interaction experience.
For developers, Bard introduces the capability to export Python code to Replit, in addition to Google Colab, expanding the options for coding and experimentation. Furthermore, users can now share their responses or even entire Bard chats with others through shareable links, promoting collaboration and knowledge sharing.
Google’s continuous efforts to improve and expand Bard’s features demonstrate its commitment to providing a comprehensive and user-friendly AI chatbot experience. With the expanded language support, new vocalization feature, image analysis capabilities, customization options, and enhanced developer tools, Bard is poised to further enrich and empower users in their interactions with artificial intelligence.