After a big May with several sizable updates, Google Bard is kicking off June by adding support for precise location to get “more relevant responses.”
After today’s update (2023.06.01), opening the website shows a “Bard is more relevant with location” prompt. It explains that “Bard uses location from your Google Account’s Home and Work addresses and your IP address.” You might have previously saved that information to your account in Google Maps or Home.
Google is now letting users give Bard access to “your device’s precise location.” This allows for “more relevant responses about restaurants near you and many other things about your area.” It’s not too different from how Google Search works.
This will prompt you to grant the necessary location permission in your browser and/or device. Below the light/dark theme button in the bottom-left corner, Bard notes your current city and how it’s derived (in an interesting settings expansion). Tapping “Update location” will prompt you to allow precise location (if you dismissed the initial prompt).
More on Google Bard:
- Here are some Bard features you might not know about
- Latest Google Bard update improves summaries and sourcing
- Google Bard isn’t available in any European Union countries and Canada
- Google Bard AI is now available for Workspace accounts
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