Google‘s release of the Gemini app has been making waves in the past few days, and we have now learned that it is gradually being rolled out in regions outside the US. However, as with any new mobile app, there are bound to be some features that don’t function as expected and bugs that could disrupt the app’s functionality. Fortunately, Google is well aware of these issues and is actively working to fix them based on user feedback.
In a recent update, Google Gemini product lead Jack Krawczyk shared a summary of the feedback received from users until Friday. One of the top priorities for Google is to address the ability to manage tasks, set reminders, and various other features that make switching from Google Assistant to Gemini a concern for some users at the moment.
Ok – Gemini day 2 recap: things people like, things we gotta fix. Keep your feedback coming. We're reading it all.
THINGS PEOPLE LIKE (♥️♥️♥️)
– Writing style
– Creativity for helping you find the right words/ideas
– Speed of responses
– Not hitting usage caps
— Jack Krawczyk (@JackK) February 10, 2024
Interestingly, it seems that Google has already resolved some of these issues, as the Gemini mobile app is now functioning normally in certain regions outside the US. Krawczyk mentioned last week that the app would become widely available in Asia-Pacific, Africa, Latin America, and North America starting from Monday, February 12. However, here at AP (Asia and Europe), we have already been able to use the Bard app on at least two of our devices.
Despite the early implementation of Gemini having its fair share of challenges, Krawczyk also noted some positive feedback in his tweet. Users have particularly praised the chatbot’s creative capabilities, including its writing style and response speed. Moreover, Google has already addressed another issue that was present in the initial release of the app in the US. Android expert and AP contributor Mishaal Rahman pointed out that the original version of Gemini did not support auto-sending queries when triggered using the power button or the swipe-up gesture. However, an update over the weekend seems to have resolved this problem.
That was fast: @Google pushed an update to Gemini for Android last night that enabled auto sending queries when you invoke it via a swipe up gesture or long press of the power button.
Previously queries only auto sent if you invoked Gemini via "Hey Google."
Hopefully continued… pic.twitter.com/f1qNesZddS
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) February 10, 2024
In my own experience of using Gemini on my 18-month-old Pixel 6a, one aspect that stood out was the app’s ability to generate images with a simple text or voice command. It is truly impressive how effortless it is for this midrange phone to accomplish such a task, although it does take a few seconds to generate the pictures. Krawczyk also mentioned that the team has received feedback regarding the app’s “preachy guardrails,” which are guidelines aimed at guiding users in a specific direction. Google plans to address this concern in future updates.
While the basic functions of Google Gemini are accessible for free, there is also an Advanced version available under the new Google One AI Premium Plan. This plan costs $20 per month, but currently offers a 2-month free trial. However, it’s worth noting that access to Gemini Advanced cannot be shared with family group members. This means that those individuals would need to have a separate subscription to access the more powerful features of Gemini. These terms have been clearly specified on Google’s support page, so it is unlikely that the company will reverse its decision.
Overall, it is encouraging to see Google actively working to address the early flaws and issues with the Gemini app based on user feedback. As the app continues to roll out globally, Google will be able to gather more data and improve the overall functionality and user experience of Gemini. The positive feedback regarding the chatbot’s creative capabilities and the recent fixes in response to user reports also indicate that Gemini has great potential. With continued updates and enhancements, Gemini could become a powerful tool for task management and communication for users around the world.