Google’s Bard AI, initially developed in response to the rising popularity of ChatGPT, continues to evolve and expand its capabilities.
Today marks the launch of Bard Extensions, a novel way to interact and collaborate with Bard. These extensions enable Bard to access relevant information from various Google products, including Gmail, Docs, Drive, Maps, YouTube, Google Flights, and hotels.
This information retrieval extends across multiple apps and services. For example, when planning a trip with friends, Bard can extract suitable dates from Gmail, provide real-time hotel and flight details, offer Google Maps directions to the airport, and suggest YouTube videos of activities at your destination—all within a single Bard conversation.
Another scenario involves job applications, where Bard can locate your resume on Drive, summarize it into a concise personal statement, and continue assisting with your cover letter.
Google emphasizes that content accessed by Bard from Gmail, Docs, and Drive is not visible to human reviewers, used for personalized ads, or utilized in Bard model training.
In addition, Bard now includes a “Google it” button, making it easier to fact-check responses. By clicking the G icon, Bard will assess responses for supporting or contradictory web-based information, allowing users to explore further.
Starting today, if someone shares a Bard chat through a public link, you can extend the conversation by asking additional questions or branching into new topics.
Lastly, features like image uploads with Lens, image search results, and response customization, which were previously limited to English, are now accessible in over 40 languages.