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Guide to Gemini AI: Easiest Way to Get Started

8 mins

Marko Georgiev

Published by: Marko Georgiev

17 June 2024, 08:40PM

In Brief

Gemini AI by Google excels in app development and task automation.

Simple sign-in with a Google account grants access to Gemini AI.

Gemini AI provides detailed trip planning, including flights and hotels.

Programming support includes APIs for Python, Kotlin, Swift, and more.

Six pricing plans: free and advanced for chat, four specialized for programming.

Guide to Gemini AI: Easiest Way to Get Started

Gemini AI, as the name suggests, is an advanced AI model created by Google. It transcends the role of a mere chatbot, offering capabilities such as app development assistance and task automation. Imagine asking it to create a weekly meal plan or fix that persistent bug in your code - it’s the AI assistant of your dreams. Tested against GPT-4, Gemini AI consistently outperforms.

How to Use Gemini AI: Full Guide

1. Getting Started

Getting started with Gemini AI is incredibly simple. If you have a Google account, you’re already halfway there.


Visit Gemini’s page and click “Sign in” on either of the buttons.

Log in

After signing in with your email address, you’re ready to explore the tool.


Now it’s time to see what Gemini AI can do.

2. Using Gemini AI's Features

With your account set up, it’s time to explore. For instance, I want to travel to Rome this summer with my friends. All I needed to do is ask Gemini for help. It gave me a complete plan separated by days, making planning the whole trip even easier.


It gave me great suggestions, but didn’t include where to eat or drink, so let’s just ask. Gemini AI delivers short descriptions, images and reservation links.


Need accommodation? Gemini provides a full list of places with prices and booking links.


Now, the only thing that is left is how to get there. And for travel logistics, we'll need to use Gemini’s extensions. Navigate to Settings, then Extensions.


Here, you can see all the extensions included in Gemini, such as:

  • Google Flights
  • Google Hotels
  • Google Maps
  • YouTube
  • YouTube Music (subscription required).

These extensions can be enabled or disabled based on your preference. No need to visit Google Flights to search for the tickets; I just asked Gemini.


To use a specific extension, mention it in your query with “@” before the extension’s name.

3. Programming with Gemini AI

Gemini AI isn’t just a chatbot - it also could be a programming assistant. To try it out, you can go to the Gemini Models page and click Build with Gemini to integrate the Gemini API into your code.


Gemini supports APIs for:

  • Python
  • Android (Kotlin)
  • Dart (Flutter)
  • Go
  • Node.js
  • Swift
  • Web

Gemini is compatible with development environments such as:

  • Colab
  • Google Cloud
  • Firebase
  • Android Studio
  • VS Code
  • JetBrains IDEs
  • Project IDX
  • Chrome DevTools

Check if these are available in your country. You can check this by clicking “Get API key in Google AI Studio”, which will redirect you to the page where all available regions are listed.


4. Different Gemini Plans

Gemini AI offers six plans: two for chat and four for programming.

Let’s go over them, starting with the chatbot. Gemini AI chat has 2 plans:

  • Gemini - the free version.
  • Gemini Advanced - paid version.

I used the free version to plan my trip to Rome, but here are some extra features Gemini Advanced offers:

  • Uses the next-generation model, 1.5 Pro;
  • You get access to a 1 million token context window;
  • You get access to new and exclusive features;
  • You can use Gemini in Gmail, Docs, and more;
  • 2 TB of storage;
  • and ther premium benefits.

And the best part is that the first 2 months are free, so you can try it and see if it’s what you need. If it’s not for you can cancel it anytime. The months after that are 19.99$.

Programming Plans:

  • Gemini Ultra: Ideal for complex tasks like coding and reasoning with multiple language support.
  • Gemini Nano: Provides quick responses, usable on-device with or without a network, great for image descriptions, speech-to-text, and text summarization.
  • Gemini Pro: A versatile plan offering a balanced feature set.
  • Gemini Flash: Designed for speed and cost-efficiency, suitable for processing extensive media like videos, audio, books, or code.

This guide aims to help you get started with Gemini AI and utilize its features to simplify your life. Google has always enhanced our lives through its search engine, and now, with Gemini AI, it’s even better. Planning a trip, managing work tasks, or coding—all can be done swiftly in one place.

Whether you opt for the free version, Gemini Advanced, Gemini Ultra, Gemini Nano, Gemini Pro, or Gemini Flash, there’s something for everyone.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a Google account, you already have access. Go to the Gemini page: and sign in. If you don’t have a Google account, create one.

You can write, learn, create images, code, plan trips, and much more.

While both are excellent, Gemini AI outperforms ChatGPT in benchmark tests. However, ChatGPT has a better reputation and more plugins. Comparatively, Gemini is closer to Bing AI in functionality.

Yes, Gemini AI is free for anyone with a Google account.

Yes, currently, it’s available only for Android phones.

Embrace the future with Google’s Gemini AI - your ultimate digital assistant!

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