OpenAI, an American artificial intelligence research laboratory, has launched an iOS app for its popular ChatGPT chatbot. The free-to-use app is built on GPT-3.5 and features voice input and synchronization of user history across devices. The existing subscribers of ChatGPT Plus will have exclusive access to GPT-4’s capabilities and faster response times on iOS. While the app will only be available in the US initially, it will expand to other countries in the near future. Next up in the roadmap is Android device expansion.
ChatGPT’s Popularity and Growth
ChatGPT, which was made available to the public for free in November 2020, has skyrocketed in popularity. It attracted one million users in just five days and 100 million users within two months of launching. In January 2021, it had nearly 590 million visits. To put things into perspective, Instagram took nearly 2.5 months to reach a million downloads, while Netflix took more than three years to reach one million users.
Recently, ChatGPT came up with several scenarios on what could happen in the digital asset space within the next decade. The success of ChatGPT has ignited a rush to release new AI products to the market, with major tech behemoths and startups fighting for space in the burgeoning sector.
Other AI Chatbots in Development
Google is working on its own AI chatbot, Bard, but so far, it has failed to woo investors after giving an incorrect answer in a promotional video. Chinese tech giant Baidu has doubled down on plans to integrate its AI chatbot Ernie into its search engine services this year.
OpenAI’s move to launch an iOS app for ChatGPT and its plans for an Android version are not surprising, given the chatbot’s popularity and growth. The company aims to transform state-of-the-art research into useful tools that empower people while continuously making them more accessible.
OpenAI’s ChatGPT iOS app launch is a significant step towards achieving its mission. The app’s features, such as voice input and synchronization of user history across devices, make it a useful tool for people who want to use AI chatbots. As the popularity of ChatGPT continues to grow, it will be interesting to see how other tech companies will respond and compete in this burgeoning sector.