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OpenAI, has expanded the availability of its ChatGPT app for iOS users in India and 32 other countries. This move comes just a week after the app’s successful launch in the United States.
The ChatGPT app has seen remarkable success since its initial release in the United States. Within a mere six days, it garnered over half a million downloads, solidifying its position as one of the top-performing new apps. Impressively, the app outperformed other AI and chatbot applications, as well as popular apps like Microsoft Edge and Bing, in terms of download numbers. The app is free to download and free from advertisements, allowing users in the newly supported countries to seamlessly engage with the AI-based chatbot on their iPhones. It also features voice input capabilities through OpenAI’s speech recognition system called Whisper. Additionally, ChatGPT Plus subscribers gain access to advanced features powered by GPT-4. The ChatGPT Plus service, available for $20 per month in the United States, can be conveniently subscribed to directly through the iOS app.
While the ChatGPT app is currently exclusive to iOS, OpenAI has plans to release an Android version in the near future. This expansion is in line with OpenAI’s commitment to making its services accessible across different platforms and catering to a broader user base. OpenAI’s CEO, Sam Altman, has been actively engaging with global policymakers to understand their concerns and perspectives on AI. Altman recently held meetings with European state heads and is scheduled to visit India in the coming weeks. This outreach aims to foster better connections with policymakers and gain valuable insights into their viewpoints on artificial intelligence.
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OpenAI’s ChatGPT app offers users a versatile and interactive platform to access information and solutions on the go. Its availability on mobile devices provides convenience and flexibility, and the app’s intuitive interface ensures a smooth user experience. However, during initial testing, the app reportedly encountered some crashing issues. Nevertheless, the app offers a range of functionalities, including the ability to ask questions, receive conversational responses, solve math problems, review code, and more. It also supports chat history and the option to disable Chat History and Training if users prefer to limit data access for model training purposes. Additionally, OpenAI is testing image upload functionality, which could further enhance user experience by allowing users to upload images for contextual understanding or to create detailed lists.
The app includes an option to upgrade to ChatGPT Plus, with the pricing displayed in Indian Rupees (Rs 1,999), providing local currency convenience for Indian users. In contrast, the web version of ChatGPT only shows the pricing in US dollars ($20).
The ChatGPT app has already garnered significant attention and acclaim since its web version launch, with millions of users engaging with the platform within the first two months. With its availability in India, where it supports Hindi responses (although proficiency may not match that of English), the ChatGPT app is poised to attract a large user base and further solidify its position as a leading AI chatbot platform.
The list of newly included countries encompasses a wide range of regions, such as Algeria, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Estonia, Ghana, India, 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. Prior to this expansion, the ChatGPT app was introduced in 11 additional countries, including France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.