OpenAI has introduced an official iOS application for ChatGPT, enabling users to access their AI chatbot while on the move. The newly launched ChatGPT app will be available at no cost, devoid of advertisements, and will support voice input. However, during the initial phase, it will only be accessible to users within the United States.
Similar to the desktop version, the ChatGPT app permits users to engage with an AI chatbot for various purposes, such as seeking answers, receiving guidance, finding inspiration, conducting research, and more, without relying on traditional web searches.
The ChatGPT app will synchronize users browsing history across different devices, meaning it will remember the previous searches made through the web interface and make them readily available to users. Additionally, the app seamlessly incorporates Whisper, OpenAI's open-source speech recognition system, allowing users to input queries through voice commands.
OpenAI has announced that ChatGPT Plus subscribers will have the privilege of accessing the advanced capabilities of GPT-4 via the new mobile app. In addition to this enhanced functionality, subscribers will enjoy early access to new features and experience faster response times. The subscription offering was unveiled in February at $20 per month, which grants users upgraded features and uninterrupted access to ChatGPT, even during peak usage periods.
OpenAI highlights the app's advantage in its blog post, emphasizing that users can obtain immediate answers,
"without the need to navigate through advertisements or multiple search results."
The App Store description of ChatGPT prominently emphasizes its ad-free nature, along with key features such as history synchronization and access to the latest OpenAI models.
The company has announced that the launch of the new app will commence today in the United States, with plans to expand its availability to other countries in the following weeks. Additionally, OpenAI has hinted at the forthcoming release of an Android version, which is expected to be available in the near future.
The launch of the ChatGPT app coincides with a period where major tech companies, including Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, are actively exploring AI technologies. Google and Microsoft, in particular, are incorporating AI capabilities into their search engines, with Microsoft even forming a costly partnership with OpenAI. However, it is yet to be seen how the introduction of ChatGPT as a standalone mobile app, independent of search engines or browsers, will impact how people utilize their mobile devices for searching and accessing information.
Speaking of OpenAI, the company's CEO and co-founder Sam Altman 'has agreed' with US Congress that AI needs to be heavily regulated to protect the privacy and security of its users.