Google has no plans to launch AI Overviews in Australia

Jason Pollock
By Jason Pollock | 21 June 2024
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Google doesn't plan to roll out AI Overviews in Australia "any time soon", according to industry sources.

AI Overviews provide an AI-generated snapshot with key information and links in response to searching using Google.

AI Overviews appear in Google Search results when Google's systems determine that generative responses can be "especially helpful - for example, when you want to quickly understand information from a range of sources", according to the tech giant.

In a blog post in May announcing the US launch of the feature, Google said that "more countries [are] coming soon", but did not provide a timeline for rollouts nor what countries would be able to access AI Overviews in the future.

Earlier this month, Google’s electronic brain behind AI Overviews was tweaked with more than a dozen technical improvements after some of the results returned were far from clear.

Liz Reid, VP and head of Google Search, said that while these were generally were for queries that people don’t commonly do, it highlighted some specific areas that Google needed to improve.

“One area we identified was our ability to interpret nonsensical queries and satirical content," she said.

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