Google’s Bard Advanced chatbot, a more potent competitor to Microsoft’s Copilot and OpenAI’s ChatGPT, might introduce a paid model, as revealed by Google’s recent leaked details about its upcoming products.
Developer Bedros Pamboukian, via a discovery on X (formerly known as Twitter), has unearthed code on the Google Bard website hinting at a subscription model for Bard Advanced. The code mentions a “3-month free trial” of Bard Advanced, indicating that users may need to pay for continued access post-trial. However, Google has not yet specified the exact date for the rollout of Bard Advanced, previously announced for an “early 2024” launch.
Link to Google One Subscription
Pamboukian also speculated on a potential link between Bard Advanced and Google’s subscription service, Google One. Examination of Bard’s source code revealed a Google One URL, though it was not functional at the time of this report. This suggests that Bard Advanced might be included in the Google One subscription or offered as a standalone purchase.
The announcement of Bard Advanced came alongside the introduction of Gemini AI, Google’s most advanced AI model.
Reports indicate that Google plans to use different versions of Gemini AI for various services, including Pixie for Pixel smartphones and distinct Gemini models for Bard and Bard Advanced. The release of Bard Advanced, powered by Gemini Ultra, aligns with Google’s projected “early 2024” release timeframe.