Google’s generative AI chatbot, Bard, could soon be available on Pixel smartphones and tablets, as it may be introduced through a homescreen widget. Reports indicate that Bard’s code was recently found in an APK teardown and that a dedicated widget may be added to the homescreen, either integrated into the Google Search app or as a standalone app. Bard’s integration could offer a broader rollout of AI to Android devices, with suggested prompts for conversations that open directly into the corresponding app. It should be noted that these reports have not been confirmed by Google.
Potential Groundwork for Future AI Integration
The arrival of Bard AI as a widget on Pixel devices could be the groundwork for a broader rollout of AI to other Android devices. Currently, Google’s in-house AI chatbot, Bard, can be accessed by a limited number of users. By adding the AI as a homescreen widget or standalone app on Pixels, Google could be paving the way for Bard to become available to more people and better competing with Microsoft’s ChatGPT.
Bard’s Capabilities and Features
Bard chatbot claims to be able to code in 20 programming languages, including Java, C++, and Python. It can also help debug and explain code to users. Although it’s currently only accessible to a small number of users, it’s suggested that the company plans to expand its availability soon.
Google’s I/O Conference and Expected Announcements
The annual I/O conference is set to begin on May 10, and Google is expected to make several announcements on AI technology. The launch of Google’s new Pixel 7a and Pixel Fold are among the most anticipated announcements. Given that Google has not yet confirmed any reports about Bard AI being added to Pixels devices, we can only wait until May to see any further details or announcements about Bard chatbot and its anticipated rollout.