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Google to Launch Generative AI-Powered Digital Assistant

Google has unveiled a digital assistant powered by generative artificial intelligence (AI).

Assistant with Bard will be accessible on Android and iOS mobile devices in the coming months, the tech giant said in a Wednesday (Oct. 4) blog post.

This new tool will build upon the capabilities of Google Assistant, adding the generative AI of Bard, according to the post. It aims to provide a more intuitive and intelligent experience, going beyond voice commands, adapting to the user’s needs and handling personal tasks in innovative ways.

One of the key features of Assistant with Bard is its ability to interact with users through various mediums such as text, voice and images, the post said. This means that users can communicate with your assistant in the way they prefer, whether that be typing out their requests, speaking to the device or even sharing images.

Assistant with Bard can help with tasks like planning a trip, finding information buried in an inbox, creating a grocery list or sending a text message, per the post.

Furthermore, Assistant with Bard is designed to be deeply integrated with the Google services, such as Gmail and Docs, according to the post. This integration ensures that users can stay on top of their daily tasks. By leveraging the power of generative AI and reasoning capabilities, Assistant with Bard becomes a personalized helper that understands the user’s needs and preferences.

Assistant with Bard is built with privacy in mind, the post said. Individual privacy settings allow users to choose the level of privacy they are comfortable with.

Assistant with Bard is in the early stages of development and will be rolled out to early testers soon, per the post. Google will gather feedback and refine the assistant before making it available to the public in the coming months.

VoiceTech is coming into its own with the addition of the multimodal capabilities of generative AI, PYMNTS reported Sept. 26. For example, Amazon has announced updates to its Alexa smart speaker to improve the conversational platform. Similarly, Apple has released its latest iOS, which features generative AI integrations meant to improve the conversational flow with its own voice assistant, Siri.