South Africa is set to make history as the first African country to access Google’s cutting-edge AI chatbot, “Gemini.” The global tech giant announced its plans to roll out a new mobile experience for Gemini and Gemini Advanced, featuring a dedicated Gemini app for Android and integration with the Google app on iOS devices, scheduled for release next week in South Africa.
Gemini promises users a versatile and convenient AI assistant that can handle various tasks on the go. Whether typing, talking, or adding images, users can seek assistance for a wide range of needs, from requesting instructions for a flat tire to generating custom images for invitations or crafting challenging text messages.
Google’s decision to launch Gemini in South Africa is rooted in the country’s increasing interest and engagement with AI technology. Google revealed that Google searches related to AI surged by 370% over the past year and 650% over the last five years in South Africa. Additionally, a survey conducted by Google indicated that South African respondents acknowledged the impact of AI on information access, learning, and work.
While the introduction of Gemini brings excitement, Google also unveiled a subscription-based model for Gemini Advanced. Priced at R429.99 per month, with a two-month trial period, Gemini Advanced offers access to the latest AI advancements and features, including Ultra 1.0 – Google’s most capable AI model. This subscription, part of the Google One AI Premium Plan, also provides users with 2TB of storage and will soon integrate Gemini into Gmail, Docs, Slides, Sheets, and more.
Gemini Advanced is designed to cater to users across 150 countries and territories, initially available in English with plans for expansion into other languages. Google touts Gemini’s enhanced performance and capabilities, positioning it to compete with other advanced AI models like OpenAI’s ChatGPT 4.
Formerly known as “Bard,” Gemini has experienced significant growth and adoption since its launch in December. With this latest update, Google aims to solidify Gemini’s position as a versatile and powerful AI assistant, catering to users’ evolving needs and expectations in an increasingly digital world.