On February 1, Google Bard received a significant upgrade that gives the chatbot driven by artificial intelligence (AI) several new features. The most significant improvement is the ability to create pictures from text inputs; this is now possible. It is still unable to generate image-to-image outputs, though. In addition, the tech behemoth announced that Google Bard will now support over 40 languages and has been expanded to over 230 nations and territories. Just one day prior, during Google’s quarterly earnings conference, the company said that Google Bard Advanced—which is powered by Gemini Ultra—will need a paid membership.

Google announced the news in a blog post that included a summary of the AI chatbot’s updates. Given that several of its competitors, like Baidu’s Ernie Bot, Microsoft Copilot, and OpenAI’s ChatGPT Plus, have had this capability for some time, the company’s late but significant inclusion of the AI picture generator is noteworthy. The Imagen 2 model, the same one that powers under-tested ImageFX and Vertex AI, is the source of Google Bard’s picture generating capabilities.

Google Bard AI image generator features

Multiple paragraph-long prompts will be supported for text input by the new AI picture generator. Google promises that the resulting photographs will be wide-ranging, lifelike, and of excellent quality. When we at Gadgets 360 tried the function, we discovered that the AI model was able to produce rather well-reproduced, high-quality photographs that complied with the request.

Nevertheless, the resolution of 1536 × 1536 is fixed for all created photos. Additionally, the photographs lack photorealism and are, for the most part, immediately identifiable as digitally produced. In addition, the chatbot declines to respond to any requests for it to produce photographs of actual people, which should reduce the likelihood of deepfakes—AI-generated images of people and objects that seem real.

Furthermore, Google has employed SynthID to clearly identify the photographs produced by Google Bard as AI-generated. In August 2023, Google’s DeepMind group launched SynthID, a tool for watermarking and identifying photos created by artificial intelligence. The business said at the time of debut that “this technology embeds a digital watermark directly into the pixels of an image, making it detectable for identification but imperceptible to the human eye.”

In addition to enhancing picture creation skills, Google has extended Bard’s reach to over 230 nations and regions. More than 40 languages are currently supported by it, including Arabic, Bengali, Tamil, and Urdu. It was formerly limited to supporting English and available in 170 countries.

Additionally, the multilingual “double-check” option has been implemented by the IT giant. Users can identify the portions of the response that are sourced from the internet together with citations by using double check. It also draws attention to the passages that lack any references. This function was included to reduce the frequency of AI hallucinations, or the times when AI confidently responds incorrectly. Clicking the G icon beneath the produced answer will allow you to access it.