OpenAI’s popular AI-powered chatbot, ChatGPT, is now accessible to iOS users in India, and the Android version is also available with paid subscription plans. Initially, the mobile application was launched for iPhone users in 30 countries, including India. However, it was recently expanded to include Albania, Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, Jamaica, Korea, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, and the UK, excluding India.
OpenAI has also introduced new features, including the ability for users to create and share ChatGPT conversations using links. In a blog post, OpenAI expressed their excitement to see how users will utilize the app and emphasized their commitment to continuous improvement in features and safety.
The paid version of ChatGPT offers general access to the AI chatbot and ensures faster response times even during peak usage. ChatGPT has gained trust in various functions, ranging from writing essays to coding assistance.
The iOS version of ChatGPT is available through a monthly subscription costing $20 (INR 1,650). However, on the day of the app’s launch, Indian users experienced glitches and faced payment processing issues.
OpenAI recently unveiled the fourth version of its generative AI, which boasts improved efficiency and produces text with a closer resemblance to human speech.
The availability of ChatGPT in India coincides with the growing adoption of AI technologies. Tech giants like Microsoft, a backer of OpenAI, are planning to launch Bing AI, while Google intends to introduce Big Bard into the AI chatbot arena.
Even before the launch of ChatGPT, India was at the forefront of AI adoption. Indian SaaS startup Writesonic already offered a similar chat interface called ChatSonic, integrating Google Search and text-to-speech capabilities to provide up-to-date answers efficiently.
In addition, Union Minister of State for Electronics and IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, recently announced India’s plans to develop its own AI-powered datasets with the establishment of three centers of excellence in the country.
Globally, a World Economic Forum report highlights the increasing demand for AI and big data skills, ranking them third among the top skills sought by enterprises for their employees. The report predicts that within the next five years, 42% of surveyed companies will prioritize these skills.