OpenAI, the leader in artificial intelligence technology, is taking a significant step forward with its artificial intelligence chatbot, ChatGPT, by launching the mobile version of the service on Apple’s App Store. The announcement follows months of market confusion, during which numerous unofficial and unsupported versions emerged.
Unlike its questionable antecedents, the official ChatGPT application for iOS will be free and ad-free, with voice input enabled from the start. However, it is essential to note that the service will be exclusive to users in the United States at the time of its launch.
The mobile app version of ChatGPT replicates its desktop functionality, allowing users to consult with the AI chatbot on various topics, such as seeking advice, finding inspiration, acquiring new knowledge, or conducting research. ChatGPT may have a chance to become the preferred mobile assistant for iPhone users, given the prevalent concerns about Apple’s in-house voice assistant Siri and the company’s alleged stagnant growth in AI development. This could jeopardize Google’s advantageous position as the default search engine in Apple’s Safari web browser.
The ChatGPT mobile application offers an integrated experience across devices, keeping account of the user’s search history via its web interface for a seamless transition. In addition, the program incorporates Whisper, the open-source speech recognition system from OpenAI, for the voice input feature.
OpenAI is also expanding ChatGPT Plus subscribers’ services. Subscribers to the service, introduced in February for $20 per month, can access GPT-4 capabilities via the new app, obtaining early access to new features and enjoying faster response times.
The initial U.S. release of the ChatGPT application will shortly be followed by global expansion. In addition, OpenAI has hinted that an Android-compatible version is in development and will be released soon.
In a February article published by Semafor, the development of a mobile client by OpenAI was rumored. The AI powerhouse chose not to comment on the allegations at the time.
ChatGPT’s release coincides with accelerated interest and development in AI technology by tech titans such as Google, Microsoft, and Facebook. Direct mobile access to ChatGPT outside conventional search engines and browsers may revolutionize how mobile device users interact with information.
OpenAI’s mobile app is distinguished from other AI-integrated search applications by its commitment to an ad-free experience. OpenAI emphasizes that the ChatGPT app enables users to obtain immediate answers without being distracted by advertisements or having to sift through multiple search results.
The app’s App Store description also emphasizes this commitment to ad-free service. In addition, the ability to sync user history across devices and access the most recent AI models from OpenAI are highlighted.
Intriguingly, the release of ChatGPT follows closely on the heels of Google’s removal of the waitlist for its AI chatbot, Bard, which was made available in English at the Google I/O developer conference this month.
A recent study by app store intelligence firm data.ai indicates that iPhone consumers have a growing appetite for AI technology. According to their research, by the end of March, the top ten mobile AI applications had generated over $14 million in consumer expenditure for the year, an increase of 11% from February. Given these encouraging statistics, the ChatGPT app appears well-positioned to impact the mobile AI market significantly.