ChatGPT launches on Android — you can download the OpenAI app now

ChatGPT on an Android phone
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The Android version of the ChatGPT app has launched on the Google Play store two months after being made available on iOS devices.

Last week, OpenAI confirmed the app for its widely popular AI chatbot was soon to launch on Google's platform.

“Announcing ChatGPT for Android! The app will be rolling out to users next week, and you can pre-order in the Google Play Store starting today,” the company said in a tweet. 

Unlike the iOS version, the Android ChatGPT app is available to download in both the U.S. and U.K. When OpenAI launched ChatGPT on Apple hardware, it was initially limited to U.S. users. Since then, additional countries have already started getting access.

ChatGPT’s Android debut comes two months after the release of the iOS version for iPhones and iPads in May 2023. The App Store version of the AI chatbot is currently ranked number two in the productivity category and comes with a 4.4-star rating that’s based on over 10,000 ratings. It was downloaded half a million times in its first week.

Assuming there are no technical glitches, the app is expected to perform similarly well on Android.

Downloading and using the app on Android is free for users wanting to use GPT-3.5, the same model that powers the free version of ChatGPT online. Using  ChatGPT Plus on Android will also be possible, however you’ll have to pony up for that.

OpenAI says the official app syncs your history across devices and brings users the newest model improvements from OpenAI.

Following on from iOS

ChatGPT running on an iPhone

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Mobile users were already able to use ChatGPT through its web interface. However, a dedicated app should offer a smoother experience. iPhone users can also prompt the chatbot using their voice since the mobile version integrates Whisper, OpenAI's speech-recognition system. Prior to its release, it was unclear whether the Android version would also feature these same voice capabilities.

Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Bing app has been available on both iOS and Android since February. Google’s Bard AI chatbot, on the other hand, remains app-less for now.

However, don’t let your excitement get the better of you and download the wrong app. Fake ChatGPT apps are rampant and can do anything from try and scam you to pay for free features or put malware on your phone.

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Christoph Schwaiger

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