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Published on February 15, 2024
Google's Gemini Chatbot, A Mixed Bag of Reviews as It Takes on OpenAI's ChatGPTSource: Anthony Quintano from Mount Laurel, United States, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Google's rebranded chatbot Gemini, formerly known as Bard, is facing a tough crowd with mixed reviews since its recent unveiling. While some laud the new chatbot fitted with AI prowess for its capabilities in coding and creativity, SFist reports that it stumbled over generating accurate images and avoiding humorless responses, leaving room for skepticism on whether it's ready to outshine its competitor, OpenAI's ChatGPT.

The advanced model, Gemini Advanced, boasting the Ultra 1.0 model, promises enhanced productivity tools that mesh seamlessly with Google's suite of services. However, TechCrunch's Kyle Wiggers discovered limitations when the bot shied away from complex topics, such as the Israel-Palestine conflict, and suggested Wiggers "Google it" instead. Yet, Wiggers found a silver lining, expressing his approval for how Gemini plugs into his Gmail inbox, as reported by SFist. Meanwhile, the reaction over on Reddit remains conflicted. A user underscored Gemini's underperformance in non-Python coding tasks in comparison to ChatGPT, while another user highlighted its superiority in creative endeavors.

In a pivot to capabilities enrichment, Google's Gemini has been integrated into a multitude of products used by millions daily. According to a recent blog post by the tech giant, Gemini now stands at the center of Google's ecosystem, encompassing not only its wide array of consumer-facing products but also tools aiding developers and businesses to innovate. Moreover, the Ultra 1.0 model has been lauded for surpassing human experts in language understanding across diverse subjects.

Amidst the unfolding narrative of the Gemini saga, some Reddit users claim that the chatbot transcends its competitors with its cooperative and intelligent demeanor. "For me Gemini Advanced blows away ChatGPT4," praised a user, championing its more relatable and smart interface. As Google marches on with its AI innovations and rolls out Gemini's functionality to its subscription-based Google One service, now nearing a subscriber base of 100 million, the future of this AI immersion lies in the balance, with enthusiasts and skeptics alike keenly observing each development. Already, some consumers have been offered an olive branch with two free months to test the waters of what might yet reshape how we align with technology, as revealed on Reddit.