February 24, 2024

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Google appears to be working on an “advanced” version of Bard that you'll have to pay for

Google appears to be working on an “advanced” version of Bard that you'll have to pay for

Google appears to be working on an upgraded version of Bard called “Bard Advanced” which will be available through a paid subscription to Google One, as shared. By developer Dylan Russell On X (formerly Twitter).

Bard Advanced appears to be powered by Gemini Ultra, the top level of Google's newly announced Large Language Model (LLM), according to Russell. This is an upgrade to the current version of Bard, which powers the mid-tier Gemini Pro. One screenshot shared by Russell describes Bard Advanced as “a more capable senior language model with advanced mathematical and reasoning skills.” As developer Bedros Pamboukian discovered A string of code indicating that Google is working at an “advanced” level.

Additionally, Russell found more updates that he shared screenshots of, including a feature codenamed Motoko that may allow users to create custom bots. There is no indication whether users will be able to share these bots, or whether they will need to pay to access this feature. Last year, OpenAI announced that it would allow GPT Plus subscribers to create and share custom bots.

Google may also introduce a new “Power On” feature that uses AI to expand and improve on the claims you feed to Bard. As Russell notes, there's a nod to a 'Gallery' section as well which he expects will let you “explore different themes to see what you can do with the Bard.” Other small tweaks revealed by the screenshots include a new Tasks tab that you may be able to use to track longer tasks that Bard is currently working on, such as creating images, and a way to add a custom background to shared Bard prompts.

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We still don't know when (or if) these features might become official, and Google didn't immediately respond the edgeRequest for comment.