We are now in the era of generative AI chatbots which makes internet search easier than we can imagine. ChatGPT is making waves in the tech industry at the moment and Microsoft has swiftly invested in OpenAI, the developer of ChatGPT. Google and other brands will not be left behind thus they are working on their own option. According to 9to5Google, Google is working hard to integrate the Bard AI chatbot in ChromeOS. Google plans to introduce an experimental feature called “Conversational Search” in ChromeOS. It will provide a chat interaction experience similar to ChatGPT.
The media believes that Google will invite users to test through the experimental Flag method in the ChromeOS system in the future. What is available at the moment from the Flag info is shown below
- Launcher experiment: conversational search.
- Evaluate the viability of session search as part of the launcher search.
After enabling this experimental flag, ChromeOS will put off the launcher’s built-in search function (search files, applications and network). Instead, it will then activate Bard’s chat interface. At the moment, things are still a work in progress, so it’s possible this design could change before release. Bard AI chatbot on Chromebooks will appear as a separate page from the ChromeOS Bubble Launcher. Just the way Google Assistant does today – with a scrollable conversation history and a search bar.
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