Bard, Google’s AI chatbot, is now available across all of Europe and additional countries such as Brazil, Bard Product Lead Jack Krawczyk announced on Thursday.
In addition, the generative AI tool can now be used in over 40 languages, including Chinese, Hindi, Arabic, and Spanish, the company said as it announced its “biggest expansion to date.”
In a blog post, the company shared that users will now be able to listen to Bard’s responses simply by entering a prompt and selecting the sound icon to hear its answers. Users can also change the tone and style of Bard’s responses to five options: simple, long, short, professional, and casual.
“For example, you can ask Bard to help you write a marketplace listing for a vintage armchair, and then shorten the response using the drop-down. This feature is live in English and will expand to new languages soon,” the company wrote.
Image prompts are also now supported by the chatbot – a feature that was first announced during the Google I/O event in May.
According to the tech giant, this tool can be useful for users who want more information about an image or help with coming up with captions for a picture. While the feature is only available in English, Google plans to expand to other languages soon.
Other features include the option to pin, rename, and pick up conversations; the ability to export Python code to Replit; and share conversations with Bard to other people through shareable links.
The tech giant first announced plans to launch Bard last February before rolling it out across the U.S. and U.K. in March.
It was initially released with a “lightweight model version” of Google’s LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications), which allowed it to be available to more users and gather their feedback.
Due to privacy concerns and a long testing phase, however, the AI chatbot experienced several delays before becoming available in more countries.