Google has recently updated its Bard service, introducing important features such as support for extensions. This allows Bard to gather information from other services like Maps, YouTube, Hotels, and Flights, enabling more accurate responses to questions related to Google’s services.
However, the most significant extension is the ability to retrieve data from Workspace, which includes Gmail, Docs, and Drive. With this enhancement, Bard can now summarize or answer questions based on documents within these services. Google assures users that it will not use the data in these documents to train Bard.
On the ChatGPT side, plugins have been supported since March, but what sets Bard apart is that users don’t need to manually select which extension to chat with. They can simply leave the extension open, as it is enabled by default for all extensions except for Workspace, which contains users’ personal information. However, external developers are currently not allowed to create their own extensions for integration.
Additional features included in this update are the ability to check Bard’s answers using Google Search, with a G button provided on the Bard interface for this purpose. Furthermore, users can now share the chat screen to continue conversations based on previous discussions.
TLDR: Google’s Bard service has been updated to support extensions, allowing it to gather data from various services. It can now also retrieve information from Workspace, including Gmail, Docs, and Drive, to provide summarized answers from these documents. Users can leave the extensions open, as all are enabled by default except for Workspace, which contains personal information. External developers cannot create their own extensions. Additionally, Bard now allows users to check answers with Google Search and share chat screens for continued conversations.