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San Francisco, July 12 – Google has dropped plans to launch an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered mobile chatbot application specifically designed for Gen Z users, featuring interactive digital characters.
The company was working on ‘Bubble Characters’ app, however it recently “deprioritised” those plans amid an internal reorganisation, according to materials seen by CNBC.
When a product gets deprioritised at Google, the development work on it ceases.
According to internal documentation, the Bubble Characters app featured “a choice of a talking digital character that would interact in conversations with Gen Z users,” the report said.
The tech giant had been working on this app since quarter four (Q4) of 2021.
The app’s description mentioned that it featured “human-like” conversations that “take action” and are “interesting for GenZ.”
Large language models—massive data sets used to understand and produce human-like text—powered the conversations.
“What started out as something from a science fiction novel, became the next generation of human-level conversation,” the app’s description read.
“Within the Assistant organisation, which works on virtual assistant applications or two-way conversations for a variety of platforms, executives have prioritised ChatGPT-competitor Bard amid an internal reorganisation that included the departure of a few key executives,” the report said.
Before Bard’s release, some members of the Bubble Characters team were asked to take a break from working on the Gen Z app to work on Bard.