Testing Google’s Gemini: A Comprehensive Guide

Google hasn’t revealed a specific timeline but will shortly offer its subscription-based Gemini across various Google Workspace apps such as Docs, Slides, and Sheets. Similar to Microsoft’s GPT-4 powered Copilot being trialed in Office 365, Gemini functions as an intelligent assistant. The complimentary Gemini app, which is powered by Gemini Pro, is now available in English in America. It will be accessible in the Asia Pacific region from next week, including support for both English, Japanese, and Korean languages. However, there’s no news about the app’s release date for the UK, EU countries, or Switzerland.

Meanwhile, the premium Gemini Advanced service, which provides access to Gemini Ultra, is accessible to English-speaking users in more than 150 countries, comprising of both the UK and the EU, except for France. Google plans to tailor the Gemini experience to local requirements in different countries while considering cultural nuances. The company assures that they’re planning to launch the app in several more languages and regions soon.

Google has developed the Gemini range of products in collaboration with over 100 testers and power users. During a recent press conference, Google’s executives including Kristina Behr, VP for Product Management, provided some potential use cases, such as Gemini assisting with job application cover letters, fixing a flat tire, and even managing a snack rotation for the parents of a children’s soccer team. They envisioned that in future versions, Gemini could access data in a user’s Google Drive to help organize carpooling schedules for games.

While safety remains a concern, Google has been diligently working to ensure the usability of its products. Despite this, it is impossible to predict every scenario of product use or misuse once released to the public. Therefore, the AI Act aims to address some of these issues by mandating that powerful AI systems such as Gemini incorporate safeguards, like watermarking generated images or taking measures to prevent copyright violations. Google has confirmed that all images created with its products will contain its SynthID watermark.

Although Google was caught off guard by the launch of ChatGPT, its response with Gemini demonstrates it can still compete effectively in the tech space. The company clarified that a subscription would be required to access Gemini in Docs and Gmail.