No More Waitlist For Bard, Plus Updates

Google has announced in Google I/O 2023 that they are removing the waitlist for Bard and it's now available in over 180 countries and territories.
Marie Aquino
May 12, 2023

It’s been two months since Google introduced Bard to the public, which was initially rolled out only in the U.S and U.K.

Google has announced in Google I/O 2023 that they are removing the waitlist for Bard and that it is now available in over 180 countries and territories, and is set to be available in more locations soon. It is also available in Japanese and Korean, and they are on track to support 40 languages.

Aside from the expanded access, it was also announced that Bard has been upgraded from PaLM to PaLM 2. This upgrade has enabled Bard to learn advanced math, reasoning skills, and have coding capabilities. The coding capabilities have been a requested feature and has been released in the past weeks. According to Google, it has already become one of the most popular things that people do with Bard.

With Bard’s upgrade to PaLM 2 comes more improvements and new features. In the conference, Google’s vision of what’s ahead and what to expect with Bard was shared. Here are what’s in store:

More Visual Interactions

Bard will become more visual in its responses and prompts. In addition to text, users will get a helpful response along with rich visuals.

Users can also include images alongside with texts in their own prompts with Bard. To make all these possible, Google is bringing over Google Lens right into Bard.

As a use case example, if you want to have some fun using a photo of your dogs, you can upload it and prompt Bard to “write a funny caption about these two.”

Using Google Lens, Bard will analyze the photo, detect the dogs’ breeds, and draft a few creative captions — all within seconds.

Coding Upgrades

Google has also incorporated the following coding upgrades from developer’s feedback:

  • Source citations: Starting next week, Google will make citations even more precise. If Bard brings in a block of code or cites other content, just click the annotation and Bard will underline those parts of the response and link to the source.
  • Dark theme: Dark theme is now also available, which is another feature developers have asked for
  • “Export” Button: Coming soon is the ability to export and run code with Replit, starting with Python.

Export Features

Google also launched two export actions, making it easy to move Bard’s responses right into Gmail and Docs. As an example, let’s say you’re a die-hard pickleball fan, you can ask Bard to write an email invitation for your new pickleball league, summarizing the rules of the game and highlighting its inclusivity of all ages and levels. Just click the “draft in Gmail” button so you can make those final tweaks before getting your pickleball league off the ground.

Connect Bard With Other Services

Google apps and services such as Docs, Drive, Gmail, Maps, and others are also being integrated to the Bard experience. Bard will also be able to tap into all kinds of services from across the web, with extensions from outside partners.

In the coming months, Adobe Firefly will be integrated into Bard. Just write your prompt and Firefly will be able to generate the images in Bard, which can be edited further or added to your designs in Adobe Express.

Let’s say you’re planning a birthday party for your 7-year-old who loves unicorns, and you want a fun image to send out with the invitations. All you have to do is ask Bard: “Make an image of a unicorn and a cake at a kids party” — and it’ll generate an image within seconds.

Aside from their partnership with Adobe, Google is also working on connecting Bard with more partners including Kayak, OpenTable, ZipRecruiter, Instacart, Wolfram and Khan Academy.

Those are just a few of what’s coming up with Bard that was released in – Google I/O 2023. Were sure there is more to come in the coming weeks and as Google has said – this early momentum is just the beginning.

Read more on the Bard upgrade in this announcement.

In the conference, Google has also released their experiment on their new search experience that incorporates generative AI – the Search Generative Experience. Get to know more about it and how you can sign up for Google Search Labs in this article.