Google offers a new AI-powered chatbot, called Bard, designed to complement its search engine rather than replace it.
Now available in over 180 countries with no waiting list, Bard can be used to answer vocabulary questions, create notes, brainstorm ideas, and create easy-to-understand summaries of complex topics. Pocket-lint will guide you through how to find and use Bard, including everything else you need to know about it.
What is a Bard, and what can it do?
Google Bard is ChatGPT another way. It is a conversational AI chatbot that uses PaLM 2, the main language that Google unveiled in 2023 (upgrading its previous versions, which have been around for a long time). It provides answers to your questions and needs. Instead, it can provide several different solutions, which are displayed as scripts for you to clean or use. It’s not a search engine, but it can be used to ask general questions and make suggestions.
Instead, Bard can be used for a variety of purposes, including creating notes, brainstorming ideas, and chatting about general topics. When appropriate, Bard will provide links to resources to provide additional information on this topic. You can also see the Google search you can use to find the answer.
After launching without it, Bard can also answer text questions in different languages, and unlock more. Google also announced that it will soon create images from its own sources, using a plug-in with Adobe’s Firefly software, so there is more to come.
Recently, Google gave Bard the ability to respond to visuals. For example, we uploaded a picture of a laptop and asked Bard what he would say about the picture. It also mentioned the likely model of the laptop (which was correct) and other details about the device. It also provided a little breakdown for those who might want this laptop and a little review in the form of pros and cons. It sums it up by saying that the laptop is “cheap, but offers good value for money.”
Where is Bard found?
Bard is available in many countries, and the list is growing. Google has just added support for the EU and Brazil. At the time of publishing, you can use Bard all over the world. In particular, it is available in the following countries and regions:
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Cocos (Keeling) Islands.
The Cook Islands
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Falkland Islands (Falkland Islands)
France’s southern and Antarctic countries
Heard Island and McDonald Islands
Isle of Man
The Northern Mariana Islands
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Cyprus
Republic of Congo
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
US Virgin Islands
United Arab Emirates
United States Minor Outlying Islands
Wallis and Futuna
If you are in one of the supported regions, visit his website here and try it yourself.
What languages does Google Bard support?
Google is adding more languages to Bard over time, but as of press time, most of the most widely spoken languages are supported. In fact, it supports more than 40 languages. Here is the full list:
Chinese (Simplified / Traditional)
How does Bard work?
To use Bard, you need your Google Account. You cannot use a Google Account that is managed by a parent, employer, or Workspace administrator. And you must be 18 or older.
Once you sign in to your account, you can start using Bard to generate ideas, create content, or find summaries of complex topics.
- Go to bard.google.com.
- If you’re not already signed in, sign in to your Google account.
- In the text box below, enter your question or ask.
- For example, you could try asking the Bard “Can you give me a summary of the connection?”
- Select Send.
For some information, Bard may provide you with multiple solutions for review. At the top right of the answer, select View other articles and select the ones you want to review. If you want to search for more topics related to the answer that Bard gave you, below the actual answer, just select “Google it”.
Use the image as a reference
If you want to use a picture with Bard, the process is the same as using a word prompt. Here’s what you do:
- Go to bard.google.com.
- Sign in to your Google account if you haven’t already.
- Click the “+” next to the text box.
- Click Upload file.
- Select an image on your computer.
- Select send or press Enter
Change your mind
If you want to update what you want in Bard, you can change it, and Bard will respond back. Here’s how:
- To the right of your notification, select Edit text.
- Change what you want.
- Select Change.
- Look for other answers to your questions
Return the conversation
At any time, if you want to leave a question/quickly and start a new conversation, select the Menu on the top left in Bard and then Resume chat.
Prepare your Bard actions
You can review your preferences, delete your Bard activities, and turn off Bard activities. Here’s how:
- Go to bard.google.com.
- At the top left, select Menu and then Bard Activity.
- Select the Bard job you want to remove.
- You can choose to delete all events, some events, or a time or date
What languages does Bard support?
Bard is currently available in US English, Japanese and Korean but Google is working to make Bard available to users in other languages.
Does Bard collect personal data?
When you interact with Bard, Google said it collects your conversations, your location based on your IP address, your responses, and usage information. These conversations are kept for three years. By default, your Bard activity is saved to your Google Account. But you can stop it. Just go to bard.google.com, select Menu, then Bard Activity, then the “Bard Activity” card. There, turn off the Bard Function.
What are the new Bard updates?
Bard is a beautiful living thing – Google is adding and changing it all the time, from small things like how it responds to sources to big things like upgrading its entire language.
In short, you can always visit the same section of the Bard website to see what’s new – this is a list of what’s been updated so you can follow what’s been updated.
Is Bard free to use?
Yes, Bard is free to use and try right now.
How does Bard compare to ChatGPT?
Google’s AI chatbot, Bard, and OpenAI’s ChatGPT are all chat tools designed to provide human-like responses, but they have significant differences. Bard can take answers from the Internet and are included in the Google search engine, while ChatGPT’s answers come from its information, which only has information before September 2021. Bard also makes several different types of prompts, while ChatGPT only produces one answer. ChatGPT can remember past conversations and generate complex codes, while Bard’s ability to store words and codes is currently limited.
What is ChatGPT, and how does it work?
ChatGPT is an AI-powered chatbot developed by OpenAI, a San Francisco-based research lab. It can respond to requests with human-like questions and answers and perform tasks such as writing essays, solving math problems, and mimicking different words. ChatGPT uses machine learning and language processing to understand and respond to users in real time. The basic version of ChatGPT is available for free and has become very popular since its launch in late 2022. However, OpenAI recently released a paid version, ChatGPT Plus, which offers advanced access, faster response times, and other benefits for $20 per month.
For more information on how ChatGPT works, see Pocket-lint’s guide: