(Reuters) – Alphabet’s Google has given a small number of companies access to an early version of Gemini, its conversational artificial intelligence software, The Information said on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.
According to the report, Gemini is intended to compete with OpenAI’s GPT-4 model.
For Google, the stakes of launching Gemini are high. Google has ramped up its investment in generative AI this year, snapping up Microsoft-backed OpenAI’s ChatGPT after last year’s launch to take the tech world by storm.
Gemini is a collection of large-language templates that offer everything from chatbots to features that either condense text or generate native text based on what users want to read, such as email drafts, music lyrics or news, the report states.
It is also expected to help software developers write code and create original images based on what users ask to see.
Google currently offers developers access to a relatively large version of Gemini, but not the largest version it has developed, which better matches GPT-4, according to the report.
The search and advertising giant plans to make Gemini available to businesses through its Google Cloud Vertex AI service.
Google did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.
Last month, the company introduced generative AI in its search tool for users in India and Japan, which displays text or visual results for prompts, including summaries. It had also made its AI-powered tools available to business customers at $30 per user per month.