During its conference, Google announced Assistant with Bard (or Assistant with Bard in English). It is an assistant that uses generative AI to help you with all your tasks, including in the Google suite. It will be functional on smartphones in a few months.
2023 is the year of artificial intelligence and Google is one of the players showing (and claiming) it. After a Google I/O 2023 conference full of announcements, Made by Google could only do the same. Google has introduced Bard Assistant, a new, experimental way to get the best of both worlds. The practical side of Google Assistant applied to the power of a Google bard. At the same time, Google announced the availability of Android 14, the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro, the Pixel Watch 2 and the Pixel Buds Pro update.
Google Bard aims to surpass Google Assistant
During its conference, Google explained that you can interact with this assistant through text, voice and even images. The idea is that it can help you write texts, make decisions and become informed. The other strength of this assistant is that it is integrated with some of Google’s services, especially office automation. We’re talking about Gmail, Google Docs and even Google Sheets. Like Microsoft’s Copilot, it is intended to interpret spreadsheets, shorten or summarize texts, etc. Assistant with Bard also works with other platforms such as YouTube or Google Maps.
Assistant with Bard // Source: Google
But the big novelty, let’s say the surprise, presented during the conference was ultimately the integration of Bard with Google Assistant: for example, we can ask him to prepare an evening with his friends, get inspiration for a video game project, etc.
Currently, Assistant with Bard appears to be a differentiated app from Google Assistant. It is not a voice assistant, but a personal assistant (although it can work via voice control). Google hasn’t officially announced the end of Google Assistant yet, but the two could continue to coexist for a while. The vision presented by Google is that all of this can work directly on your Android smartphone.
Assistant with Bard // Source: Google
Another use: If you want to publish the photo of your adorable pup (because he’s obviously very cute), you can use the Bard button in Google Photos to ask him to share it on the social networks of your choice while automatically sending you a message write for you. Bard has image recognition that allows it to “interpret” them: Google envisions this as “a whole new way to interact with your phone.” »
Another example: an evening with a friend. He sent you an email during the week, but you missed it. If you ask Bard for a summary of the most important emails, the topic of the evening might come up. You can then ask the assistant where it is taking place and how long it will take to get there. Therefore, Assistant with Bard uses Google Maps to provide you with this information. With one click you can open the application to get there. Assistant with Bard can also create shopping lists for you based on your needs and the number of people you need to feed. Google wants to save time for users of the application.
An AI assistant that doesn’t arrive immediately
Assistant with Bard is currently unavailable. Google has announced that it will be available on Android and iOS smartphones “in the coming months.” There was no mention of browser output (via Chrome browser). The company also tries to point out the privacy issues posed by this Bard-powered assistant and says you can adjust your privacy settings.
This “Assistant to Bard” will enter the experimental phase for now. It will soon be offered to the first testers to collect feedback before being rolled out to everyone in the coming months. We can imagine a big update during Google I/O 2024, which is scheduled to take place next May.