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Google Expands AI Research Assistant NotebookLM to Over 200 Countries

By Oluchukwu Ikemefuna

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Google’s AI-powered research and writing assistant is getting a big upgrade, expanding to over 200 countries and territories around the world. Google has announced it is expanding NotebookLM, its AI-powered note-taking assistant, to several new countries.

The list of countries NotebookLM now supports includes Nigeria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, India and the United Kingdom, as well as 208 other countries and territories.

Google NotebookLM AI Research Assistant Expansion

Google NotebookLM AI Research Assistant Expansion

NotebookLM, powered by Google’s multimodal LLM Gemini 1.5 Pro, has also been upgraded with new features and languages to help more people use AI to generate summaries and ask questions based on their documents.

Google said, “Our goal from the beginning with NotebookLM has been to create a tool to help you understand and explore complex material, make new connections from information, and get to your first draft faster. You can upload sources — your research notes, interview transcripts, corporate documents — and instantly NotebookLM becomes an expert in the material that matters most to you.”

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Google has also broadened the interface language support for the AI-assisted app to 108 languages, including Arabic, Assamese, Bengali, Cantonese, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hindi and Hinglish. It also supports sources and chats in 38 languages, such as Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, and Spanish. This reveals the company’s effort to ensure inclusivity. 

Other Major Google NotebookLM AI Research Assistant Expansion Available

Other major upgrades include:  

  • NotebookLM now supports Google Slides and web URLs as sources, along with Google Docs, PDFs and text files.
  • Inline citations now take you instantly to supporting passages in your sources, so you can easily fact-check the AI response or dive deeper into the original text.
  • Notebook guide gives you a high-level understanding of your sources by converting them into useful formats like FAQs, Briefing Docs or Study Guides.

According to Google, you can utilize NotebookLM in Google Docs. Note, you can do the following once you’ve selected your Google Docs:

  • Get a summary: NotebookLM will automatically generate a summary, along with key topics and questions to ask, so you get a better understanding of the material.
  • Ask questions: When you’re ready for a deeper dive, you can ask questions about the documents you’ve uploaded. You can ask the app to create key points of the article written or create a summary. 
  • Generate ideas: The app also ensures creatives get more creative ideas. It can generate scripts for short videos on different copies. 

Conclusion

The company highlighted that Google NotebookLM AI Research Assistant can also be used for creating hyperlocal newsletters, summarizing interview transcripts, developing grant proposals, or even managing descriptions of fantasy worlds.

Gemini 1.5 Pro also lets NotebookLM have up to 50 sources in each notebook, with 500,000 words per source.

With Gemini 1.5 Pro’s native multimodal capabilities, you can now ask questions about images, charts and diagrams in your sources. NotebookLM will also include citations to images as supporting evidence when relevant.

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Abdullahi Kafayat
Abdullahi Kafayat

Abdullahi Kafayat is an enthusiastic writer interested in the tech world. She's a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University and has a BSc in Chemistry. You can reach her at Kafayatabdullahi17@gmail.com.

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