Gemini takes over Bard: Google's AI with a dedicated Android app

Explore Google Gemini's new UI and features, minus image-gen, with our guide to its Advanced plan, now part of Google One.

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Gemini takes over Bard: Google's AI with a dedicated Android app

In a refreshing pivot from the familiar BART, Google has unveiled its new AI endeavour, Gemini, and with it, a premium tier dubbed "Gemini Advanced." For those intrigued by the robust features this new model promises, there's more good news: a bundled package with Google One Advanced and an introductory no-charge period to get a taste of its capabilities. Mind you, the transition isn't purely nominal. The Gemini UI now brandishes an intuitive sidebar, granting a more organized hub for tools and resources – a clear pivot from the upper right corner that users have become accustomed to.


Bard is now Gemini

To access and toggle between Gemini and Gemini Advanced, users can follow these simple steps:

  1. Sign up or log into your Google account and head over to the Gemini webpage.
  2. In the top left corner of the interface, locate and click on the dropdown menu.
  3. Select between the standard Gemini or the Gemini Advanced plan.
  4. Enjoy the feature set that best suits your needs, with easy access to additional tools and updates through the new sidebar menu.

It's worth noting for the early adopters among us that despite the loss of image generation functions witnessed in its predecessor, Bard, Gemini Advanced stakes its claim with a promise of enhancing the productivity of professionals and tech enthusiasts alike.

Gemini refuses to draw an image

As for the apps, there's an exciting development for Android users in the US, who can now deploy Gemini directly from a dedicated app. Be mindful, though – if you dabble in VPNs, the app has a keen eye for such tools, rendering access contingent on a Google Play account set to the US without recent country switches. An iOS version of Gemini is not standalone; rather, integration has been meticulously woven into the Google app itself, ensuring a cohesive user experience across various devices.

Gemini app on Android

For those curious about the revolutionary potential of Gemini and how it can streamline their digital interactions, it's well worth a dive into the specifics here: Gemini Updates. Whether you're an App aficionado or AI enthusiast, the latest offerings from Google suggest an enticing horizon worth exploring.

About Gemini

Gemini, formerly known as Bard, is Google's pioneering artificial intelligence tool reimagined to enhance productivity and facilitate a deeper connection with technology for its users.


The information regarding Google's rebranding of BART to Gemini and the introduction of the Gemini Advanced subscription was obtained from an official announcement on the Gemini Updates website, posted on February 8th. This announcement provides an overview of the new features, subscription plans, and availability of the Gemini-specific Android app.

Full Changelog:


Bard is now Gemini

  • What: Gemini is the best way to get direct access to Google AI. All the collaborative capabilities you know and love are still here, and will keep getting better in the Gemini era. We’ve also evolved the UI to reduce visual distractions, improve legibility and simplify the navigation.
  • Why: We’re committed to giving everyone direct access to Google AI and, as of this week, every Gemini user across our supported countries and languages has access to Google’s best family of AI models. To better reflect this commitment, we’ve renamed Bard to Gemini.

Try Gemini Advanced to access Google’s most capable AI model, Ultra 1.0

  • What: Gemini Advanced gives you access to our most capable AI model, Ultra 1.0. If you want to be one of the first to access Google’s latest AI advancements as they become available, this is for you. With our Ultra 1.0 model, Gemini Advanced is far more capable at highly complex tasks like coding, logical reasoning, following nuanced instructions and creative collaboration. Plus, Gemini Advanced will continue to expand with new and exclusive features in the coming months, including expanded multi-modal capabilities and even better coding features, as well as the ability to upload and more deeply analyse files, documents, data and more. Gemini Advanced is a paid plan available in over 150 countries and territoriesOpens in a new window. It is available and optimised only for English with our Ultra 1.0 model, but can respond to queries in other languages that Gemini is available in. Learn moreOpens in a new window
  • Why: With Gemini Advanced, you can be one of the first to try our most capable AI model, Ultra 1.0. We’re just getting started, and Gemini Advanced will continue to get even better. We invite you to join us on this journey. Upgrade to Gemini AdvancedOpens in a new window

Chat to supercharge your ideas in the Gemini app

  • What: Get help learning in new ways, writing thank you notes, planning events and more with Google AI on your phone. Gemini is integrated with Google apps like Gmail, Maps and YouTube, making it easy to get things done on your phone. You can interact with it through text, voice or images. To chat with Gemini on Android, download the Gemini app in the Google Play Store. On iOS, try Gemini in the Google app.The Gemini app will be launching on selected devices in English in the US. In the coming days, it will be available in Japanese, Korean, and English globally except for the UK, Switzerland, European Economic Area countries and associated territories. More countries and languages will be coming soon.
  • Why: This is a step towards our vision to deliver the world’s most helpful AI assistant.

Now available in Canada

  • What: You can now collaborate with Gemini on the web in Canada in all supported languagesOpens in a new window, including English and French. The Gemini app is coming soon, starting with English.
  • Why: As we continue to build Gemini responsibly, we’re expanding access to more countries and regions.

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