OpenAI has made an exciting announcement for Android users: the ChatGPT app, which was released for iPhone users in May, is all set to roll out on Android next week. Although the app isn’t yet available, the Google Play listing is up and running, and users can pre-register to be among the first to get it once it’s launched.
While it’s yet to be confirmed whether the initial availability of the app will be limited to the US, like its iPhone counterpart, pre-orders from outside the US have been recorded. In a similar trend to the iOS version, OpenAI expanded access to other regions just a few days post-release. Hence, even if the Android app’s launch is US-focused, wider access is anticipated soon after.
Although Android users currently have access to ChatGPT via a browser, the user interface isn’t exactly mobile-friendly. The dedicated app, however, offers a mobile-optimized interface and features crafted specifically for Android users. For instance, the iOS version was updated in June to support Siri and Shortcuts.
OpenAI is also testing an opt-in feature for ChatGPT Plus subscribers that provides the AI chatbot with a continuous memory. With this feature enabled, ChatGPT retains the user’s identity across conversations, enhancing query efficiency. As this feature is intended to work across the platform, subscribed Android users are likely to experience it when the app launches.
This development is an exciting step for Android users, as the dedicated ChatGPT app will greatly enhance their user experience. OpenAI’s continuous efforts to expand the app’s availability and enhance its features showcase the significant strides being made in AI conversational technology. It will be fascinating to see how this rollout influences Android users’ engagement with the platform.