Google is making one of its iOS apps available in the Mac App Store

While Apple Silicon-powered Macs can run most iOS apps, the vast majority of developers have opted out. Google did so in late 2020, although it recently made its AI Test Kitchen iPhone/iPad app available on the Mac App Store.

Google announced the AI ‚Äč‚ÄčTest Kitchen as a way for the public to “learn about, experience and provide feedback on new AI technology” at I/O 2022 in May. Availability opened up in recent months with three demos to test three experiences powered by LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications):

  • Imagine it: Name a place and LaMDA will offer paths to explore your imagination.
  • List It: Name a goal or topic and see how much LaMDA can break it down into multiple lists of sub-tasks.
  • Talk About It (Dogs Edition): Join the conversation and see where it goes. It’s just a fun, slightly weird, open chat.

The app requires login with Google account and has a very simple user interface with no bottom bar or navigation drawer. There’s just a carousel where you swipe to select (by double-tapping, curiously) the demo you want to start.

AI Test Kitchen then explains what to do and what feedback can be given. After that, it’s just a text field to interact with with each generative AI/text synthesis experience. The top right overflow menu allows you to share transcript, send feedback and delete session data.

Launched on a Mac, the app uses an iPad user interface that can be expanded to record your entire screen. It is available in English for users in Australia, Canada, Kenya, New Zealand, UK and USA. “Season 2” of AI Test Kitchen is coming soon with demos showing text-to-image generation.

AI Test Kitchen’s presence in the Mac App Store is most likely a one-off, if not coincidental, as the web allows Google services to do more. The YouTube app is an ever-popular request, and the company now allows YouTube Premium subscribers to download videos for offline playback on desktop via Chrome, Edge, and Opera. The company’s latest native Mac app is for Google One VPN, while of course there’s Chrome and Drive for desktop.

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