Google launches AI-powered search in Nigeria, other countries

Alex Omenye
Alex Omenye

Google has rolled out its AI-powered search experience worldwide, after initial launches in select markets, including the U.S., India and Japan.

Search Generative Experience is an AI-based conversational experience that went live on Wednesday and is now available globally in over 120 new countries and territories, including Nigeria, American Samoa, Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, and Benin. Four additional languages will be supported by it as well: Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, and Indonesian.

These join the list of supported languages, which also include Hindi, Japanese, and English. Certain modest enhancements to SGE, such as the ability to use features like translations and definitions and to pose follow-up questions, will also be implemented, initially in the United States.

SGE, which debuted earlier this year, is Google’s response to Bing Chat, the AI chatbot experience powered by OpenAI that can be accessed through Microsoft Edge and Bing search.

SGE allows users to converse naturally with an AI online, much like Bing Chat does. Instead of just receiving a list of links in response to their queries, as Google has traditionally done, users can now ask questions and receive fully formed replies that are given in whole sentences with citations.

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