Google Bard AI in Canada Not Coming, New Features Unveiled

Kicking off the Google I/O developer conference today, Google has announced significant advancements for its Bard AI tool, enhancing its capabilities in math, logic, and reasoning.

Google Bard AI in Canada

Initially rolled out in the U.S. and the U.K., Google is now also making Bard available in over 180 countries and territories without any waitlist–but sadly Canada is not one of them. This could possibly be due to language requirements of both French and English in Canada.

Google further highlighted that in addition to English, Bard is now available in Japanese and Korean, and that it is on track to support 40 languages soon.

Google has recently moved Bard to PaLM 2, a far more capable large language model, which has enabled many of its recent improvements.

The new features in Bard are designed to make coding easier and more intuitive for beginners while still providing advanced functionality for more experienced users.

Google Bard updates

Upcoming extensions in Bard will provide users with access to a range of services, including machine learning, natural language processing, and image recognition.

“In the coming months, we’ll integrate Adobe Firefly, Adobe’s family of creative generative AI models, into Bard so you can easily and quickly turn your own creative ideas into high-quality images, which you can then edit further or add to your designs in Adobe Express.”

Lastly, Google is launching a new Dark theme for Bard, another feature developers have repeatedly asked for, which the company says will help make interacting with Bard a lot easier on your eyes.

How to use Google Bard in Canada? The workaround is to use a VPN service and change your location to a supported country, such as the U.S. Once you do that, you’ll be able to try out Bard.

Update: noted Canada is not in the official Google Bard supported countries list.

Update May 11, 2023: Google has explained why Bard is not available in Canada.