OpenAI announced in a tweet that the official ChatGPT mobile app is now available in more countries. When OpenAI first unveiled its mobile app last week, the app was only available on iOS and in the US. Now many people in Europe, South Korea, New Zealand and more can download the app from the App Store.
The ChatGPT app is a free app with no ads. People already familiar with ChatGPT will feel right at home, as it’s really just a way to interact with the chatbot – nothing more, nothing less.
Here is the full list of countries where the ChatGPT is now available: Albania, Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, South Korea, UK and US Again, the app is only available on iOS for now. In the original announcement, OpenAI also promised that “an Android app would be coming soon.”
When you open the app, you can start typing text in a text box at the bottom of the screen. It works just like sending a message in any messenger app. While you can dictate text using Apple’s built-in speech recognition feature, you can also use OpenAI’s open source speech recognition system Whisper for voice input.
After you hit the submit button, OpenAI processes your request and returns an AI-generated response. You can follow up with more information or ask for a different answer. The app supports blocks of code and users can copy and paste answers.
By default, ChatGPT saves your chat history and uses it for model training. When this feature is enabled, you can also find your conversations on your desktop. It’s worth noting that there’s no way to turn off data sharing without also turning off chat history.
If you are a ChatGPT Plus subscriber, you can access the capabilities of GPT-4 through the mobile app. Users should also notice faster response times. ChatGPT Plus costs $20 per month on desktop and is also available as an in-app purchase in your local currency (€22.99 per month in Europe, £19.99 in the UK, etc.).
The timing of this expansion, which spans several European countries, is interesting as OpenAI CEO Sam Altman is meeting European heads of state this week, such as The French Emmanuel Macron, Pedro Sanchez from Spain And British Rishi Sunak. Altman has criticized the rushed AI regulatory policies. And now ChatGPT will be much more accessible in Europe, because people can say “just download the app”.