OpenAI has launched a mobile version of its ChatGPT application for iOS, and announced that an Android version is on the way.
ChatGPT is an advanced language model developed and launched by OpenAI last November that went viral all around the world for generating human-like responses.
It has become the trend setter for the ongoing generative AI era within less than six months, as big tech companies are already diving into it.
The brainchild of OpenAI can engage in diverse conversations, compose poems, prepare schoolwork, write complex computing programming codes, and so on.
ChatGPT became the fastest-growing Internet application in history with a record 100 million monthly active users in January. The American start-up, backed by Microsoft, launched the premium version of ChatGPT for $20 a month.
However, OpenAI never rushed to launch a mobile app for its flagship generative AI product, and instead enjoyed record-breaking traffic to its website.
“Introducing the ChatGPT app for iOS!” tweeted OpenAI.
Offering free and paid apps with syncing history
The company announced that the app is now live in the US and will expand to additional countries in the coming weeks, with plans to release an Android version in the near future.
“This official app is free (no ads!), syncs your history across devices, and brings you the newest model improvements from OpenAI,” reads the description on the AppStore.
The app is about 42.2 MB and available for iOS 16.1 or later, with a 12-year minimum age restriction.
“The ChatGPT app is free to use and syncs your history across devices. It also integrates Whisper, our open-source speech-recognition system, enabling voice input,” stated OpenAI in its blog post.
OpenAI emphasized the benefits available to ChatGPT Plus subscribers, who gain exclusive access to GPT-4’s enhanced capabilities, along with early feature access and faster response times, all accessible on iOS.
ChatGPT is getting an upgrade.
Someone is prepping for more feature releases. Or will it be a new model?
GPT4 with vision?
What do you think? pic.twitter.com/Z02amlFYE7
— Linus (●ᴗ●) (@LinusEkenstam) May 18, 2023
ChatGPT offers users a wide range of practical benefits, including instant answers, enabling them to obtain precise information efficiently. Additionally, it offers tailored advice on various topics, creative inspiration, professional input, and learning opportunities, allowing users to explore new languages, and delve into modern history.
“We’re starting our rollout in the US and will expand to additional countries in the coming weeks. We’re eager to see how you use the app. As we gather user feedback, we’re committed to continuous feature and safety improvements for ChatGPT,” stated the company.
Mixed reaction on social media
In response to the launch of the ChatGPT app on Twitter, users expressed a mix of emotions and excitement.
“Rip to all the ChatGPT apps,” tweeted Rowan Cheung, reflecting a humorous sentiment towards all the fake apps impersonating the ChatGPT.
— Chris Gledhill (@cgledhill) May 18, 2023
Linus Ekenstam expressed anticipation, stating, “This is it. Been waiting.”
Reflecting on the idea of having access to a platform like the ChatGPT app during their childhood in the early 90s, a Redditor shared thoughts.
“I can’t help but imagine how different my childhood in the early 90s would have been with a device like the ChatGPT app on a smartphone,” mused the Redditor, pondering the possibilities.
These reactions reflect a range of perspectives surrounding the launch of the ChatGPT app on Twitter and Reddit. However, it remains to be seen if mobile applications will also heat up the market like the website did before.