Google Messages' Gemini AI Expands

Google Messages' Gemini AI Expands
Google has commenced the widespread rollout of its innovative Gemini feature in Google Messages, following its announcement at I/O 2024. Over recent days, stable users have started gaining access to this advanced AI assistant, which is prominently positioned as the initial contact when starting a new chat.
Upon agreeing to the terms and conditions, users encounter a familiar messaging interface complete with emoji and gallery options. While image uploads are supported, audio memos are notably absent. Gemini is engineered to assist with various tasks such as drafting messages, brainstorming, event planning, or simply engaging in entertaining conversations. Its responses are designed for brevity. Unlike Google Assistant in the discontinued Google Allo, Gemini is limited to one-on-one interactions and cannot be used in group chats.
The feature includes Gemini Extensions like Workspace (@Gmail), @YouTube, and @GoogleMaps, though the YouTube Music extension is missing. Users can provide feedback on responses by long-pressing to leave a thumbs up or down and can also star or forward messages. Conversations with Gemini occur over RCS, which must be enabled, but they are not end-to-end encrypted. Additionally, Gemini is inaccessible via the web version of Google Messages or the Wear OS app.
This global rollout does not include the EEA, UK, Switzerland, and India, but does support English and French in Canada. Gemini has been available to beta users since March.
In other news, Dixon Technologies has begun trial production of Google’s flagship smartphone, the Pixel 8, indicating a significant shift in manufacturing to India. This strategic move highlights Google’s increasing focus on local production for its premium devices.
Originally planned for the second quarter of 2024, the local manufacturing schedule for the Pixel 8 series seems to be ahead of expectations. According to sources from the Economic Times, trial runs have started, with the first Indian-assembled Pixel 8 units potentially available in the market by September. This development underscores Google's commitment to expanding its manufacturing footprint in India, aiming to leverage the country's growing capabilities in high-end device production.