OpenAI launches a free iOS ChatGPT app. And with that being said, the company has revealed its plans of launching an Android app very soon. For now, we just have to keep our fingers crossed while we enjoy the services of the app on iOS devices.
OpenAI Launches iOS ChatGPT App
OpenAI has now launched an iOS app for ChatGPT, thus promising that an Android version is coming “soon” in the process. The app in question is free to use, syncs chat history with the web and also features voice input that is supported by OpenAI’s open-source speech recognition model Whisper. The app as you should know works on both iPhones and iPads and can be downloaded directly from the App Store. OpenAI however stated that it is rolling out the app in the US first and then it will expand to other countries “in the coming weeks.”
OpenAI did not hint that a mobile app was coming prior to this, but it however makes sense given to the incredible popularity of ChatGPT. The AI chatbot was reportedly launched last November but however rocketed in usage. Some outside estimates however suggest that the app attracted 100 million users by January of this year, although OpenAI has never confirmed these figures making the rounds.
OpenAI’s Launch of ChatGPT
The launch of the app is quite interesting, considering the fact of OpenAI’s somewhat ambivalent approach to positioning ChatGPT in the market. And although the chatbot launched as an experiment initially, it rapidly found a consumer audience who use the bot for everything ranging from cheating on college essays down to business applications. And in February, OpenAI launched a premium subscription plan for the app, ChatGPT Plus, which offers users priority access and responses generated by making use of the company’s latest language model, GPT-4. The new premium plan costs $20 a month.
The Best Way to Access OpenAI’s Language Models on Mobile Before This Development
And to this day, the best way and medium to get access to OpenAI’s language models on mobile has been to use the Bing app of Microsoft, which as you should know offers access to the GPT-4-powered chatbot of the company. An official app from ChatGPT will very much likely attract some of these users away from Microsoft, which has been making use of access to its chatbot as a way to lure people toward Bing as well as Edge. The launch of an official ChatGPT also should, very much hopefully, stop people from signing up for the countless spam and fake apps that purport to directly offer access to the chatbot on mobile devices.
The Problems of ChatGPT on Mobile
ChatGPT Of course has the very same problems on mobile as it does on the web. And some of these problems include the tendency of the bot to fabricate information with the utmost and complete confidence, as well as privacy fears. OpenAI only just recently gave users the option to make conversations private, and the homescreen of the app (as shared already) still warns users to not share “sensitive info” right on the app.
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