Google plans to integrate its Bard AI chatbot into the Assistant app and experience, beginning with mobile devices. The new experience, “Assistant with Bard,” aims to personalise the existing voice assistant by integrating Bard into it. Assistant users can expect to have the same Bard experience as they do on desktop, as well as app integrations like Gmail and Maps, but with the addition of voice input and output. It’s a way to restart Assistant with a new large language model, which Google already uses to power Bard.
The most intriguing aspect of Assistant with Bard is that it no longer uses voice as its primary mode of interaction. Instead, users will see three icons on the screen: a microphone, a keyboard, and a camera, which represent three ways to interact. Google expects most people to use text first, but there will be more “richness in pictures” and the ability to scan visual information more quickly.
On Android, users will be able to launch Assistant with Bard in a box while browsing a website or app and ask it questions about what they’re seeing. Google plans to release an early version of Assistant with Bard to a few early testers this week, but a full launch is still “months” away. If users opt in, Assistant with Bard is expected to become the default experience when interacting with Assistant on Android or using the Google app on iOS.