Android users who want some AI-infused help can now snag the official ChatGPT app for their phones and tablets. Following news on Friday that OpenAI's ChatGPT app would arrive for Android this week, the program landed in the Google Play store today, free to use just like the iOS edition.
In a tweet, OpenAI confirmed the app's Android debut, noting that it's available for download in the U.S., India, Bangladesh, and Brazil with plans to expand to other countries over the next week.
With this new release, ChatGPT is now accessible on iPhones, iPads, and Android devices as well as on the website. The experience is similar across all those platforms, though the Android app sprinkles in a couple of bonus features just like the iOS flavor.
In the app, you can type your request and then ask follow-up questions to pursue the same topic. Otherwise, simply tap the + icon at the top to start a new chat.
You're also able to speak your request. Just tap the microphone icon in the Message field, dictate your question or request, and then tap the circle when you're done. Your speech is transcribed into text for you to submit.
The app keeps track of all your chats on the website and across your mobile devices. To access a previous chat, just tap the hamburger icon at the top and select History. You're able to browse through your past chats or search for a specific one by keyword. Tap any chat to display it.
With a chat on the screen, tap the three-dot icon at the right and you can delete it or rename it.
From the Android app's hamburger icon, you can access the Settings menu where you're able to export your chat data into a viewable HTML file, clear your chat history, and even delete your account. You can also change the color scheme, switch the default language, and access help information.
The popularity of AI has led to a slew of third-party apps both for iOS and Android, most of them powered by OpenAI's ChatGPT model. However, many of them are freemium apps. That means you get a limited number of chats for free and then have to shell out money for a subscription if you want more. OpenAI's official mobile apps are fully free, so you can keep chatting throughout the day without having to cough up more cash.