OpenAI test ChatGPT widget for Android home screen

OpenAI test ChatGPT widget for Android home screen

OpenAI, the maker of the popular artificial intelligence-based chatbot ChatGPT, is reportedly testing a new feature for Android users. According to a post shared by Android expert Mishaal Rahman on the micro-blogging site X (previously Twitter), the Microsoft-backed AI startup is currently beta-testing a ChatGPT widget for Android home screens. This feature can be found in the ChatGPT for Android app version 1.2024.052.

The ChatGPT widget on Android aims to provide quicker access to OpenAI's chatbot conversation and query modes. Users who have access to this feature can try it out on their devices by tapping and holding a blank spot on their Android phone's home screen to bring up the widget menu. From there, they can select the ChatGPT widget (when available) to add it to their home screen.

According to the X post, the widget will also offer users shortcuts to send text, images, or voice queries, as well as start the conversation mode.

This feature is expected to offer Android users more convenience, particularly as ChatGPT faces stiff competition from its rival Google Gemini. Google has already begun rolling out an app for its own AI chatbot and may even consider replacing Google Assistant on Android devices with Gemini.

Earlier this month, the company led by Sam Altman showcased a new tool named Sora, which can instantly generate short videos in response to written commands. This text-to-video generator from OpenAI is expected to be available to all users in the near future.

It's worth noting that Google and Meta have previously demonstrated similar technology, but videos generated by OpenAI's model appear to offer improved quality.

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