Google Pixel Superfans are getting exclusive invites to try out Bard - and I’m jealous

Recording video on Google Pixel phone
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The AI chatbot race is well underway and companies are in a mad dash to shove quirky, sometimes snippy little chatbots into our lives as quickly as possible. ChatGPT burst through global consciousness and cemented itself as the chatbot to beat, quickly assimilated by Microsoft in its updated search engine, Bing. Not wanting to be left out, Google announced its AI champion, Bard, at an underwhelming launch event, followed by mixed messages and an obvious struggle to keep up. 

It’s hard to keep track of what is really going on with Google Bard, but it seems like its public debut may finally be imminent. 

Some members of Google’s Pixel Superfan program have apparently received an email offering them early access to Google Bard, spotted in a Reddit thread. In the invite below users can click on a link that’ll ask them to verify their email address and ‘hang tight’ until they follow up with further access instructions. 

The Superfan Program is for people passionate about Pixel and Google tech, and is essentially a free members community that allows people to engage with other fans, ask the Google team questions directly, get invited to special events, buy merch and more.

Google invite to Superfans

(Image credit: u/mon205 via Reddit)

Invite Only 

The invite hammers home that not only is the selection random, but spaces are limited and the form will be closed off once early access capacity has been reached. So, if you’re feeling a little left out don’t worry; it wasn’t personal. 

According to selected participants, once the form is filled out they are told that Google will get back to them with further instructions to allow users to “get started as soon as Bard launches” which could hopefully be soon.

If you are in the Pixel Superfan program and haven’t received the invitation mail, you’ll probably have to wait for the public version of Bard with the rest of us. 

But if you’re feeling as much FOMO as I am, you can sign up to become a Superfan at no cost and join the social private community. You probably won’t get added to the list of Bard special guests, but you’ll be all setup and ready for the next big launch or event. All you have to do is fill out the survey provided and Google will get back to you.

Muskaan Saxena
Computing Staff Writer

Muskaan is TechRadar’s UK-based Computing writer. She has always been a passionate writer and has had her creative work published in several literary journals and magazines. Her debut into the writing world was a poem published in The Times of Zambia, on the subject of sunflowers and the insignificance of human existence in comparison. Growing up in Zambia, Muskaan was fascinated with technology, especially computers, and she's joined TechRadar to write about the latest GPUs, laptops and recently anything AI related. If you've got questions, moral concerns or just an interest in anything ChatGPT or general AI, you're in the right place. Muskaan also somehow managed to install a game on her work MacBook's Touch Bar, without the IT department finding out (yet).