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Google Gemini Nano AI Now Built into Chrome Desktop

Gemini Nano in Chrome will enable developers to utilize the on-device model to power their own AI features.


At the Google I/O 2024 developer conference, has announced the integration of its Gemini Nano AI model into the Chrome desktop client, starting with Chrome 126. This move aims to enable developers to utilize the on-device model to power their own AI features. Google plans to leverage this capability for features like the “help me write” tool in , part of the Workspace Lab.

Google's Gemini Nano is a part of the Gemini ecosystem developed by Google DeepMind12. It's an AI model optimized for providing quick responses on-device, with or without a data network and designed to carry out tasks such as image understanding, speech transcription and text summarization.

Enhancing Chrome with AI Capabilities

Google's recent advancements in WebGPU and WebAssembly (WASM) support in Chrome have made it feasible to run these AI models efficiently across a wide range of hardware. Jon Dahlke, Google's director of product management for Chrome, mentioned that the company is in discussions with other browser vendors to implement similar features.

“We have started to engage with other browsers and will be opening up an early preview program for developers,” Dahlke stated. “With WebGPU, WASM, and Gemini built into Chrome, we believe the web is AI-ready.”

Google aims to enable a range of high-level APIs in Chrome to translate, caption, and transcribe text using its Gemini models. “To deliver this feature, we fine-tuned our most efficient version of Gemini and optimized Chrome,” Dahlke said during the developer keynote. “Our vision is to give you the most powerful AI models in Chrome to reach billions of users without having to worry about prompt engineering, fine-tuning, capacity, and cost.”

Developer Tools and New Features

Gemini Nano, the lightweight large introduced to the Pixel 8 Pro and later the Pixel 8, has been fine-tuned and optimized for Chrome. This integration allows users to generate product reviews, social media posts, and other content directly within the browser. Additionally, the Chrome DevTools Console now uses the built-in Gemini Nano model to explain errors and provide debugging solutions.

Comparison with Microsoft Edge

Google's move mirrors 's integration of its AI assistant, Copilot, into the Edge browser last year. However, unlike Gemini Nano in Chrome, which runs locally on the device, Copilot in Edge operates on cloud-based servers.

Google's integration of Gemini Nano into Chrome represents a significant step towards making AI capabilities more accessible to developers and end-users. By embedding AI directly into the browser, Google aims to streamline the development process and enhance user experience across its applications.

Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus is the founder of WinBuzzer and has been playing with Windows and technology for more than 25 years. He is holding a Master´s degree in International Economics and previously worked as Lead Windows Expert for Softonic.com.