OpenAI announced on Thursday the release of an official ChatGPT iOS app that gives users access to its well-liked AI chatbot while on the road.
According to the firm, the new ChatGPT app will be available for free, be ad-free, and support voice input, but it will only be available to users in the United States at first.
The ChatGPT app, like its desktop equivalent, enables users to communicate with an AI chatbot to ask questions without performing a standard online search and to receive advice, discover inspiration, study, conduct research, and do other things.
Given the problems with Apple's own voice assistant, Siri, and Apple's own lack of advancement in artificial intelligence, the latest update may encourage more customers to adopt ChatGPT as their primary mobile assistant.
Since Google now reaps the benefits of being the default search engine in Safari on Apple's iPhone, the launch may also have an effect on Google.
When using ChatGPT on a mobile device, the app will sync your history across devices, which means it will remember any searches you've made through its online interface and make those results available to you.
In order to support voice input, Whisper, an open source speech recognition technology from OpenAI, is also incorporated into the app.
In addition to getting early access to new features and quicker reaction times, OpenAI claims ChatGPT Plus subscribers will be able to utilise GPT-4's capabilities through the new app.
The expanded capabilities of the February-launched subscription service, which includes access to ChatGPT even during busy hours, cost $20 per month.
The launch of the new app, according to the business, will begin in the United States today and extend to other nations in the "coming weeks." Additionally, an Android version is hinted to as "coming soon."
Semafor reported in February that OpenAI was allegedly developing a mobile client, but the business at the time chose not to comment.
The release of the ChatGPT app coincides with major tech companies, such as Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, experimenting with AI.
In the cases of Google and Microsoft, AI capabilities have also been incorporated into their search engines, with the latter occurring as a result of an expensive partnership with OpenAI.
However, having direct mobile access to ChatGPT rather than through a search engine or browser might possibly revolutionise how users now use their phones to look for and interact with information.
The absence of ads in the OpenAI mobile app makes it more appealing than AI implementations in search applications.
In its blog post, OpenAI makes a passing reference to this by mentioning that users may receive immediate responses "without sifting through ads or multiple results."
As Bing already slips adverts into its AI-powered Bing Chat and partly snubs search engines, the comment is a covert jab at its own partner.
One of the few benefits mentioned in ChatGPT's App Store description, along with the option to sync your history and access the most recent OpenAI models, is that the app is ad-free.
The app's release coincides with Google lifting the backlog for Bard, its own AI chatbot, which was revealed to be now accessible in English during this month's Google I/O developer conference.
Consumer demand for ChatGPT and AI on the iPhone does appear to exist.
The top 10 mobile AI applications have already produced over $14 million in consumer expenditure this year as of late March, according to recent analysis from app store intelligence supplier data.ai, and customers' average daily spending was up 11% over February.
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