Google renames Bard to Gemini, adds Gemini Advanced for A$32.99pm, free for 2 months

    Overnight, Google has renamed their large language model service Bard, to Gemini. As part of the rebrand, they also launched a mobile app for Android and iOS and launched a paid subscription for Gemini Advanced, built on their largest and most advanced model, Ultra 1.0 which should lead to even better results.

    Free for the first 2 months, Gemini Advanced costs A$32.99 per months, which compares to US$20pm for competitor OpenAI’s ChatGPT Plus. Based on today’s exchange rate, that equates to $30.65 and when we add 10% goods and services tax, that brings them very close at A$33.72.

    Gemini’s app wasn’t immediately available in Australia, so I found my way to an APK of it, released by the community shortly after the release in the US. This works as expected.

    Gemini Advanced can perform complex tasks like coding and creative writing, and understand context from previous prompts. The mobile app allows users to access Gemini on their phones with voice, text, or images.

    • Gemini Advanced can be your personal tutor — creating step-by-step instructions, sample quizzes or back-and-forth discussions tailored to your learning style.
    • It can help you with more advanced coding scenarios, serving as a sounding board for ideas and helping you evaluate different coding approaches.
    • It can help digital creators go from idea to creation by generating fresh content, analyzing recent trends and brainstorming improved ways to grow their audiences.

    Let’s dive into the details of these new features.

    Gemini Advanced: Unleashing the power of Ultra 1.0

    Gemini Advanced is a supercharged version of Gemini that uses Google’s most advanced AI model, Ultra 1.0. Ultra 1.0 is a massive language model that has been trained on a dataset of text and code that is 10x larger than the dataset used to train Bard.

    This means that Gemini Advanced can understand and respond to more complex queries, and it can generate more creative and informative text formats, like poems, code, scripts, musical pieces, email, letters, etc

    For example, you could ask Gemini Advanced to write a poem about the meaning of life, or to code a simple Python script. Gemini Advanced would be able to understand your request and generate a creative and informative response.

    Gemini Mobile App: Take Gemini on the go

    The new Gemini mobile app lets you access Gemini on your phone with voice, text, or images. This means that you can use Gemini to get things done on the go, whether you’re commuting to work, running errands, or just relaxing at home.

    For example, you could use the Gemini mobile app to ask for directions to a nearby restaurant, or to get a summary of a news article. You could also use it to generate creative text formats, like poems, code, scripts, musical pieces, email, letters, etc., while you’re on the go.


    The new Gemini Advanced and mobile app features are a significant upgrade for Gemini. They make Gemini more powerful, accessible, and versatile than ever before. If you’re looking for a powerful and versatile AI assistant, Gemini is a great option.

    Jason Cartwright
    Jason Cartwright
    Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021

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