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Google Pixel Smartphones Will Add Bard AI Widget: Report

Accepted submission by fliptop at 2023-05-19 22:44:40
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Google may turn Bard generative AI chatbot into a widget on Pixel smartphones and tablets, according to a 9to5Google code dive report [9to5google.com]. Bard is publicly available, but only through a web portal. An Android-accessible version, even limited to Pixel devices, could help the company nab more of the market [voicebot.ai] currently dominated by OpenAI and Microsoft through ChatGPT and the ChatGPT-powered Bing:

Though Google hasn’t spread Bard beyond its initial entry point, other tools fueled by the same LaMDA large language model (LLM) have become more available. Generative AI text generators and editors for Gmail, Docs, and other parts of Google’s software suite now offer some version of the technology. It looks like Google is looking to make Bard a widget on the main Pixel screen.

[...] A built-in widget for Bard might be a way for Google to accelerate the adoption of its generative AI since Pixel devices and the Android OS are part of its ecosystem. Mobile apps with ChatGPT in some form, such as SoundHound [voicebot.ai] and ParagraphAI [voicebot.ai], can’t do what a first-party tool could.

Originally spotted on The Eponymous Pickle [blogspot.com].


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