is accused of playing catch-up when it comes to launching AI-powered services. While Microsoft-backed OpenAI is updating its flagship models, the Alphabet-owned company is yet to launch Gemini, its GPT-4 competitor. As per a report, Google is expected to launch the model around the first quarter of next year.
Citing two people with direct knowledge of the matter, The Information reported that Google has told some of its cloud customers and business partners that they should not expect the model to be available until the first quarter of 2024.
Notably, Google told a handful of partners access to the company’s new conversational AI, a large language model (LLM) known as Gemini, by November but they are now being told about the change in plans.
Why the delay is a problem for Google
The delay comes at a bad time for Google as the company’s cloud sales growth has slowed while its direct rival in this space, , has posted positive numbers. Microsoft invested billions in OpenAI and sold its technology to its customers.
In fact, during OpenAI’s first annual conference and Ignite 2023, Microsoft CEO talked about how AI is changing the way people work and how technology is helping in the company’s growth.
What is Gemini?
Gemini LLM will enable users to generate content based on text inputs, and summarise articles, based on what users want to read like email drafts and music lyrics. It works just like the company’s Bard chatbot and is expected to offer more streamlined responses and comparatively better answers to queries.
Google said that Gemini was created from the ground up “to be multimodal, highly efficient at tool and API integrations and built to enable future innovations, like memory and planning.”
The model is claimed to have shown “impressive multimodal capabilities” that were not seen in prior models developed by the company. Gemini is also capable of helping software engineers write code.
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