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OpenAI’s ChatGPT Hits Apple’s App Store in US But What About Android Users?

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American artificial intelligence research laboratory OpenAI announced the launch of an iOS app for ChatGPT. Similar to the original web model of the chatbot that was released around six months ago, the app is also a free-to-use version that is built on GPT-3.5.

The existing subscribers of ChatGPT Plus will be able to have exclusive access to GPT-4’s capabilities, early access to features as well faster response times on iOS.

ChatGPT on App Store

OpenAI revealed in a blog post that the new mobile app will sync the user history of chats with its bot across devices. It also features voice input, supported by the company’s open-source speech recognition model Whisper.

At the launch, the app will be available only in the US and will expand to other countries “in the coming weeks.” Next up in its roadmap for OpenAI is Android device expansion.

“With the ChatGPT app for iOS, we’re taking another step towards our mission by transforming state-of-the-art research into useful tools that empower people, while continuously making them more accessible.”

Although the company failed to provide a precise date, it said Android users will be next in line.

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Rise to Prominence

While OpenAI did not hint at a new mobile incarnation, the move is not surprising since ChatGPT’s popularity has skyrocketed in a very short span of time. The popular artificial intelligence chatbot attracted 100 million users just two months after launching. In January, it had nearly 590 million visits.

OpenAI, which is a private company backed by Microsoft, made it available to the public for free last November, just 5 days after which ChatGPT acquired a million users. To put things into perspective, it took Instagram nearly 2.5 months to reach a million downloads. Whereas popular streaming service Netflix had to wait more than 3 years to reach one million users.

Recently, ChatGPT also came up with several scenarios on what could happen in the digital asset space within the next decade.

The roaring success of ChatGPT has ignited a frantic rush to release new AI products to market. This hysteria has consumed some of the biggest tech behemoths and startups as they fight for space in the burgeoning sector.

Google, for one, is working on its own AI chatbot, Bard, which has so far failed to woo investors after giving an incorrect answer in a promotional video. Chinese tech giant Baidu has also doubled down on plans to integrate its AI chatbot Ernie into its search engine services this year.

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