Bard’s Expansion: A Look at the Latest Developments

This post draws on the original article written by Jack Krawczyk, Product Lead of Bard, it can be read here.

Human creativity is fundamentally driven by curiosity and imagination. This is evident in various scenarios, whether it's a child inventing a game, friends planning their next adventure, or an entrepreneur devising a new business idea. Our capacity to envision new possibilities is one of our most inherent human traits.

This is the premise behind the creation of Bard: to facilitate the exploration of curiosity, enhance imagination, and ultimately, help bring ideas to fruition. Bard aims to do more than just answer questions; it seeks to help users build upon their ideas.

Today marks the announcement of Bard's most substantial expansion to date. It is now accessible in most parts of the world and supports the most widely spoken languages. Additionally, new features are being launched to improve user experience customization, stimulate creativity, and enhance productivity.

Expanded Language and Regional Access: As of today, Bard can be utilized in over 40 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, German, Hindi, and Spanish. Its accessibility has also been extended to more regions, including Brazil and across Europe. This expansion is a part of a bold and responsible approach to AI, involving proactive engagement with experts, policymakers, and privacy regulators. As Bard continues to extend its reach to more regions and languages, the creators will adhere to their AI Principles, incorporate user feedback, and take necessary measures to safeguard user privacy and data.

Auditory Feature for Responses: Recognizing that hearing responses can sometimes provide a fresh perspective on ideas, Bard now offers an auditory response feature. This can be particularly beneficial for understanding the correct pronunciation of a word or listening to a poem or script. Users simply need to enter a prompt and select the sound icon to hear Bard's responses. This feature is currently available in over 40 languages.

Customizable Response Styles: Bard now allows users to modify the tone and style of its responses. Users can choose from five different options: simple, long, short, professional, or casual. For instance, if a user seeks Bard's assistance in drafting a marketplace listing for a vintage armchair, they can then shorten the response using the provided drop-down menu. This feature is currently live in English, with plans for expansion to other languages in the near future.

Four new Bard features are also launching to help you get more done:

  • Pin and rename conversations: We’ve heard you want to be able to revisit prompts, so we’re adding new ways to pin and rename your conversations with Bard. Now when you start a conversation, you’ll see options to pin, rename and pick up recent conversations in the sidebar. For example, if you ask Bard to help you compare outdoor sports for the summer, you can revisit the tips later. This feature is now live in over 40 languages.
  • Enhanced Code Export Options: In response to the growing interest in utilizing Bard for coding tasks, the creators have introduced a new feature. Users can now export Python code not only to Google Colab but also to Replit. This expanded functionality, which is currently available in over 40 languages, broadens the scope of Bard's utility in coding environments.
  • Sharing Bard Interactions with Your Network: The creators have simplified the process of sharing your Bard interactions with your network. Now, you can easily share your ideas and creations using shareable links. This feature, which is currently available in over 40 languages, enhances the collaborative aspect of using Bard.
  • Incorporating Images into Prompts: Recognizing the significant role images play in stimulating our imagination, the creators have integrated Google Lens capabilities into Bard. This allows users to upload images along with their prompts. Bard will then analyze the image to provide assistance, whether it's providing more information about the image or helping to generate a caption. This feature is currently available in English, with plans to expand to other languages in the near future.

Therefore, whether you have a budding idea, a well-developed concept, or simply need to engage in some brainstorming, consider utilizing Bard. It offers not only the tools to actualize your idea but also the potential to discover entirely new ones.