Google’s AI chatbot, Bard, is now available in Swahili, making it accessible to over 200 million Swahili speakers in Africa.
This expansion marks Bard’s largest global release to date, with availability in more than 40 languages across 59 new countries and territories.
Dorothy Ooko, Google’s Head of Communications and Public Affairs in Sub-Saharan Africa, expressed excitement about Bard’s expansion and described it as a “great democratizer of knowledge.”
Swahili is the first African language to be included in the conversational AI service, opening up opportunities for creativity and learning.
The latest update includes new features that allow users to personalize their experience and enhance their productivity. By enabling text-to-speech functionality in eight languages, users can now access Bard in their preferred language.
Ooko emphasized that Bard was designed to nurture curiosity, ignite imagination, and help users bring their ideas to life. It goes beyond answering questions by empowering users to build on their initial inquiries.
The expansion also encompasses other widely spoken languages such as Chinese, German, Spanish, Arabic, and Hindi. Google’s aim in adding more languages and territories is to ensure Bard becomes more inclusive and safer for its users by incorporating feedback from a diverse user base.
Among the new updates, users can now listen to Bard’s responses in over 40 languages. This feature assists users in obtaining correct word pronunciations, as well as enjoying poems or scripts read out loud.
Additionally, users have the ability to adjust Bard’s responses by choosing from five different options: simple, long, short, professional, or casual. Although currently available in English, this feature will soon extend to other languages.
To enhance productivity, Google has introduced four new features. Users can now pin and rename their conversations with Bard, making it easier to revisit important information or ideas.
The ability to share responses with others using shareable links facilitates collaboration on projects and gathering feedback. Furthermore, users can now upload images with prompts for Bard, expanding the AI’s capabilities.
Bard leverages Google’s vast language models and the wealth of information available on the web to provide comprehensive responses.
However, Google cautions that Bard is an experimental technology and may occasionally provide inaccurate statements in response to user prompts.