OpenAI has considerably expanded the availability of its ChatGPT app, making it accessible to iOS users in India and 32 other countries just one week after its initial release in the United States. This expansion has expanded the company’s services to a variety of countries, including Algeria, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Estonia, Ghana, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Nauru, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Qatar, Slovenia, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates.
In addition, OpenAI added 11 more countries to its service map earlier in the week. This list included European nations such as France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.
The ChatGPT mobile app has received a tremendous response since its release, eclipsing 500,000 downloads in the first six days it was available in the United States. This achievement has established it as one of the most successful new apps, outperforming other AI and chatbot apps and Microsoft Edge and Bing apps in downloads.
ChatGPT, a free-to-download and ad-free application, enables iPhone users to interact with an AI-based chatbot. Whisper, OpenAI’s speech recognition system, is integrated into the app for voice input, and ChatGPT Plus users can access advanced features via GPT-4. In addition, users can subscribe directly through the iOS app to the ChatGPT Plus service, which costs $20 per month in the United States.
OpenAI currently only offers the ChatGPT app for iOS, but an Android version is in development. The startup, backed by Microsoft and notable VC firms such as Tiger Global and a16z, has pledged to release the Android version on the market within the following months.
This expansion of the ChatGPT app coincides with OpenAI’s CEO, Sam Altman, embarking on a tour of several countries to strengthen relationships with global policymakers and better understand their AI concerns. Altman has already conferred with several European state leaders this week and will travel to India at the beginning of the following month.