According to a new report from Sammobile, Google has postponed the release of its next-generation chatbot, Gemini, until early next year. Initially, the company planned to introduce Gemini in November 2023, but internal testing showed that the chatbot had problems with certain non-English queries.
Gemini, which is positioned as Google’s most powerful conversational artificial intelligence to date, was to debut at a series of events in California, New York, and Washington, D.C.
However, Google CEO Sundar Pichai decided to postpone the launch after discovering that Gemini’s performance with non-English-language queries did not meet expectations.
Global language support is crucial to Google’s ambition to position Gemini as a better alternative to OpenAI’s GPT-4. Until Gemini demonstrates its ability to handle non-English queries, Google believes it is premature to launch it to the general market.
Despite the delay, Google remains confident in Gemini’s potential to outperform GPT-4. In private tests, Gemini reportedly outperformed GPT-4 due to its higher processing power.
Google CEO Pichai emphasized that the company aims to create a “competitive and state-of-the-art” product with Gemini 1.0.
Sissie Hsiao, vice president of Google, gave an example of Gemini’s capabilities: “I’ve seen some pretty amazing things. For example, if I’m trying to bake a cake, draw me 3 pictures of the steps of how to ice a three-layer cake, and Gemini will create these images. These are completely new images, not just pictures from the Internet.”