OpenAI’s ChatGPT is now available as a free app for iOS users in the United States. This is coming six months after the chatbot was first launched.
OpenAI announced this new development on Thursday May 18th, 2023. The new ChatGPT app has the same abilities as the web version. Other features, such as voice prompts on the app, are also available to users. This is the first official mobile app for ChatGPT.
Although the app is free, it can be upgraded to a paid version. Users can enjoy extra benefits on the app by paying $20 monthly to subscribe to ChatGPT Plus. One such benefit is gaining access to GPT-4 capabilities. GPT-4 is OpenAI’s next-generation version of the technology behind the chatbot.
Is ChatGPT Available on Android?
The ChatGPT app was released for IOS users a few days ago. However, the app is currently not available on Android. OpenAI’s CTO, Mira Murati, announced on Twitter that an Android version is coming soon.
But how soon is “soon”? It took six months after its official launch for OpenAI to release its first official mobile app. This is, no doubt, a milestone for the company. But Android users can’t help but wonder if they will have to wait long before they get the app.
The company has not released an official statement or date for the launch of the app on Android devices.
The app is expected to have the same features on Android mobiles as on IOS devices.
OpenAI stated that the app release resulted from a continued increase in user interest. This is especially true of users who love using the tool on the move. If this be the case, then Android users may not have to wait for long before they get the app.
When Will The ChatGPT App Be Available Outside The Us?
Currently, the ChatGPT IOS app is only available to users in the US. The company announced that it will expand its reach to other countries in the coming weeks.
The company gives an easy-to-understand reason for this temporary restriction. According to the post made on their blog, they want to see how users respond to the app. They may be ready to roll out the app to other countries as they gather feedback in the coming weeks.
However, there has yet to be an official announcement about when the app will be available in other countries.
ChatGPT App Versus Siri
Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri, offers iPhone users a voice prompt that makes it easy and fast for queries. But now that the ChatGPT app is available on IOS, this may leave Apple’s AI raise questions about the relevance of Apple’s Siri.
Over time, users have reported issues with Siri. Also, Apple seems to be lagging in terms of AI progress. As a result of this, users may be inclined to use ChatGPT as their primary mobile assistant.
ChatGPT app has an additional voice prompt supported by Whisper, developed by OpenAI. This addition makes ChatGPT even easier to use on devices. This also puts it in direct competition with IOS’s Siri, which is popular for its easy-to-use voice prompt.
Users would have had time to explore the new ChatGPT app in the next few weeks. It is left to see what this will mean for Siri.