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Pocket assistant: ChatGPT comes to Android

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On Tuesday, OpenAI released an official ChatGPT app for Android, now available in the Google Play store in four countries: the US, India, Bangladesh, and Brazil, with more coming soon. As a client for OpenAI’s language model family, the GPT-3.5 and GPT-4 models run on the cloud and provide results to your Android device. It also integrates OpenAI’s Whisper model for speech recognition.

ChatGPT, launched in November, is a conversational AI language model interface. As an AI assistant, it can help with summarization, text composition, and analysis. OpenAI bills its use cases as a way to seek “instant answers,” “tailored advice,” “creative inspiration,” “professional input,” and “learning opportunities.”

However, as we’ve noted in the past, ChatGPT is occasionally prone to confabulation (that is, making things up)—especially the GPT-3.5 model—so it’s not entirely trustworthy as a factual reference. It can come in handy as a way to analyze data you provide yourself, though, so long as you’re familiar with the subject matter and can validate the results.

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