Google has recently unveiled a significant change to its AI chat service, transitioning from the well-known Bard to the freshly minted Gemini. This rebranding marks not just a change in name but also an evolution in the service's capabilities and offerings. The new home for this innovative AI service is now gemini.google.com, a move that signifies Google's commitment to advancing AI technology and making it more accessible to a wider audience.
Introducing Gemini Advanced
One of the most exciting introductions with Gemini is the launch of Gemini Advanced, a pro subscription that promises to elevate your AI interaction experience to new heights. As a special introductory offer, Google is providing a free trial of Gemini Advanced for two months. Subscribers to this trial will gain exclusive access to the Gemini Ultra 1.0 model, along with a substantial 2 TB of Google storage. The subscription is priced at 309,000 IDR per month, but early adopters can enjoy all these benefits for free during the trial period.
Gemini Ultra 1.0
Google's benchmarks have positioned the Gemini Ultra 1.0 model as superior to ChatGPT 4.0. However, after conducting my own series of tests, my preference still leans towards ChatGPT 4.0. This might be attributed to my familiarity and comfort with GPT 4.0's nuances, as I haven't performed an exhaustive, scientific comparison between the two models. Nevertheless, the Gemini Ultra 1.0 has shown promising capabilities and is definitely not lagging far behind. It's worth noting, though, that Gemini Ultra 1.0 is currently available exclusively in English, which may limit its accessibility for non-English speakers.
Integration and Usability
As of now, Gemini Ultra 1.0 lacks integration with Visual Studio Code, unlike GitHub Copilot, which seamlessly blends AI with coding assistance. Although Google offers Duet AI, which utilizes the Gemini model for coding support, my personal experience over the past couple of weeks suggests that Copilot remains unmatched in terms of efficiency and ease of use. This doesn't undermine the potential of Gemini or Duet AI but highlights an area where further development could enhance user experience.
The transition from Bard to Gemini symbolizes Google's ambition to push the boundaries of AI and provide users with more sophisticated tools and services. While Gemini Ultra 1.0 showcases impressive capabilities, especially with its current free trial offer, there's still room for growth in terms of language support and development integration. My journey with Gemini has just begun, and I'm eager to explore how it evolves and adapts to user needs in the future.
As we navigate this new chapter in AI, the potential for innovation is boundless. Gemini, with its advanced features and promising start, is a testament to the exciting direction in which we're headed. Stay tuned for more updates as I continue to delve into the capabilities of Gemini and how it stands in the ever-evolving landscape of AI technology.