Google is expanding access to Gemini AI chatbot beyond its Pixel phones. This update comes alongside Gemini’s expansion into India, offering support for English and nine Indian languages.

Previously, Gemini in Google Messages was only available on Pixel 6 and later models, Pixel Fold, Samsung Galaxy S22 and later models, and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip or Z Fold. However, the requirements have now been updated to include any Android device with 6GB of RAM or higher. This expansion makes the feature accessible to a wider audience, allowing more users to experience the benefits of Gemini.

Gemini app now available in India and neighboring countries

At the start of June, Google began expanding the Gemini app and its latest Gemini Advanced features across Europe. Building on this momentum, the company is now bringing Gemini to India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Turkey. Users in these countries can download the Gemini app via the Play Store or opt-in through Google Assistant. For iOS users, a new toggle switcher at the top of the Google app makes accessing Gemini even easier.

Google has expressed particular excitement about launching in India, citing the country’s strong mobile-first culture. The app now supports English and nine Indian languages: Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu. This localization effort ensures that a diverse range of users can utilize Gemini in their preferred language.

Advanced features for Indian users

In addition to the standard Gemini app, Google is rolling out Gemini Advanced powered by 1.5 Pro in India. This version supports the same nine Indian languages and includes advanced features such as a 1-million token context window, document uploads, and data analysis capabilities. This expansion means that whether you’re using a Google Pixel or another Android device, you can tap into Gemini’s capabilities directly within the messaging app as well as leverage its advanced features on the fly.

While the initial rollout in India supports only English within Google Messages, users can access Gemini in nine Indian languages through the standalone Gemini app. This move is expected to broaden Gemini’s reach and make its advanced features accessible to an even larger audience.

If you’re eager to try out Gemini in Google Messages, simply tap the “Start chat” button and select “Gemini.” With its expanded availability and language support, Gemini is poised to change the way we interact with AI in our everyday conversations.

Hillary Keverenge
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