# Google’s Bard AI Chatbot Integrated into Google Messages
Google has been taking strides in the field of artificial intelligence, and its latest move involves integrating the Bard chatbot into Google Messages, expanding its AI features to a wider user base. Here’s what you need to know about how Bard will work in Google Messages:
– Google is integrating its AI chatbot, Bard, into Google Messages, allowing users to start RCS chats with Bard directly from the “New conversation” screen.
– Bard will serve as an all-in-one helper in Messages, offering features such as drafting messages, image identification, language translation, and book recommendations based on location and past chats.
– Bard chats are not end-to-end encrypted, and trained reviewers may review conversations to improve the chatbot.
➤ How It Works
The latest beta version of the Messages app provides a glimpse of how the AI chatbot Bard will function in Google Messages. Users will be able to initiate RCS chats with Bard from the “New conversation” screen, appearing as a standalone chat with the Bard logo and name. It offers a range of features, including drafting messages, image recognition, language translation, and personalized book recommendations based on the user’s habits and location.
When Bard responds, users can provide feedback by giving a thumbs up or down with a long press, and have options to copy, forward, and star the response. However, unlike typical RCS chats, Bard chats are not end-to-end encrypted. Conversations with Bard are used to enhance the chatbot’s capabilities, and trained reviewers may examine the conversations for this purpose.
➤ Data Handling
According to Google, Bard chats and their data are saved for 18 months, with an additional 72-hour retention period even after disabling Bard activity. The reviewed data is separate from the user’s account and is retained for a maximum of three years, though users have the option to manually manage or delete this data.
➤ Future Prospects
It’s important to note that this feature is currently not live in the app and may undergo further refinement before implementation. Bard’s integration as an AI chatbot in a messaging app signals new possibilities for AI-driven features, potentially enhancing tools such as Smart Reply.
Given that Bard is not merely a machine-learning model for generating quick responses but a full-fledged AI chatbot, its integration into a messaging app may require further training and user input to tailor the responses to individual users’ communication styles.
➤# Can I use Bard to initiate chats in Google Messages?
Yes, the integration of Bard into Google Messages will allow users to start RCS chats directly with Bard from the “New conversation” screen.
➤# Are Bard chats end-to-end encrypted?
No, Bard chats are not end-to-end encrypted. Reviewed by trained personnel, these conversations are used to improve the chatbot.
➤# How long is Bard chat data saved?
According to Google, Bard chats and their data are saved for 18 months, with an additional 72-hour retention period even after disabling Bard activity.
The integration of the Bard chatbot into Google Messages marks another step in Google’s AI journey, showing potential for a new era of AI-driven features in communication apps. While offering a comprehensive set of capabilities, users should be mindful of the non-end-to-end encrypted nature of Bard chats and the potential handling of their data. As Google continues to refine this integration, the coming months will reveal how Bard enriches the user experience within Google Messages.