Google drops waitlist for AI chatbot Bard and announces oodles of new features

A screenshot showing Bard’s mobile UI with a warning notice: “Bard is an experiment.”
Google is adding a ton of new Bard features at its I/O conference today. | Image: Google

Google is adding a smorgasbord of new features to its AI chatbot Bard, including support for new languages (Japanese and Korean), easier ways to export text to Google Docs and Gmail, visual search, and a dark mode. Most significantly, the company is removing the waitlist for Bard and making the system available in English in 180 countries and territories. It’s also promising future features like AI image generation powered by Adobe and integration with third-party web services like Instacart and OpenTable.

Collectively, the news is a shot in the arm for Bard, which was released two months ago for select users in the US and UK. The chatbot — which Google still stresses is an experiment and not a replacement to its search engine — has c…

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