The end of Google Assistant? Google prepares to launch rebranded Bard AI on Android

Google Assistant – Google’s answer to Siri as a digital assistant, for those not in the know – could soon be getting the chop, replaced by (or at least dissolved into) the company’s AI chatbot, Google Bard.  

While you can normally access and use your Google Assistant with a simple ‘Hey Google,’ 9to5Google has pointed out some interesting, but sudden, changes to the user interface during the initial set-up process – particularly the greeting pop-up when you summon the virtual helper. As you can see in the screenshot below, the friendly introduction you get when opening the latest version (15.2) of the Google app’s APK has changed in the last few weeks.

Google Assistant greeting screens

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We’ve gone from a message saying ‘I’m Assistant with Bard’ to simply ‘I’m Bard’. It seems like this change isn’t only found in the Assistant app on Android devices, but according to 9to5Google, the new message is appearing in other devices with built-in Google Assistant functionality, such as Nest Hub smart home devices – though this is only based on code analysis, not what is currently live on Google devices.

The change is not limited to just the greeting screen. Configuration options are now called ‘Bard Settings’ rather than Assistant with Bard settings’. Plus, the company seems to be directly referring to Bard as a digital assistant entirely separate from Google Assistant. 9to5Google, who have done a full deep dive, offers this table here directly comparing the old and the new interface.

Google Assistant greeting screens

(Image credit: 9to5Google )

 A swift change in direction 

If Google is making an effort to rebrand ‘Assistant with Bard’, we could be looking at a next-generation voice assistant with complete integration into Bard. Perhaps in the near future, users won’t be saying ‘Hey Google’ to their phones or smart speakers, but

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TikTok refreshes its group recommendations as CEO prepares to testify before Congress

What you will need to know

  • For the initial time, TikTok has created its community concepts community.
  • These rules provide as the basis for all TikTok selections pertaining to information moderation on the platform.
  • TikTok’s group tips have also been up-to-date, and they will go into outcome on April 21.

TikTok is increasingly getting a status as the wild west of social networking, and for legitimate factors, chief among them the proliferation of from time to time perilous content material on the system. The shorter-kind online video songs provider is now using steps to even more rein points in with a new update to its neighborhood guidelines.

In a website put up (opens in new tab), TikTok’s Worldwide Head of Product Policy, Julie de Bailliencourt, wrote that the system is beefing up its principles all around AI-generated articles. This new update will come as generative AI proceeds to get traction amongst tech giants like Google and Microsoft. The research giant, in individual, not too long ago unveiled new AI equipment for Gmail, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Meet up with, and Chat. The element can do things like develop pictures, audio, and films for you in Slides in a make any difference of seconds.

TikTok has also current its procedures close to detest speech and hateful actions, adding “tribe” to the record of attributes safeguarded by its suggestions. Additionally, the ByteDance-owned enterprise has expanded its data on how it safeguards “civic and election integrity.”

Extra than 100 companies globally have pitched in to help notify TikTok’s refresh pointers. The supreme goal is to bolster the platform’s procedures and “react to new threats and probable harms,” according to Bailliencourt.

The new guidelines will arrive into force commencing on April 21, and TikTok programs to teach its pool of moderators in excess of

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