OpenAI, the leading artificial intelligence research laboratory, has expanded the availability of its ChatGPT app for iOS users in India and 32 other countries. This move comes just one week after the app's launch in the United States.
The newly added countries include Algeria, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Estonia, Ghana, India, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Nauru, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Qatar, Slovenia, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates.
Earlier this week, OpenAI also extended the availability of the ChatGPT app to 11 additional countries following its launch in the U.S. These countries include France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.
Within the first six days of its release in the U.S. on May 18, the ChatGPT mobile app has surpassed half a million downloads, according to data shared by app intelligence firm data.ai. This impressive milestone solidifies the app's position as one of the highest-performing new apps. Furthermore, the ChatGPT app has outperformed other AI and chatbot apps, as well as Microsoft Edge and Bing apps, in terms of downloads since its launch in the U.S., according to data.ai.
The ChatGPT app, available for free download without ads, enables users to engage with the generative AI-based chatbot on their iPhones. It also supports voice input through OpenAI's speech recognition system, Whisper, and allows ChatGPT Plus users to access advanced features through GPT-4. Additionally, users have the option to subscribe to the ChatGPT Plus service, priced at $20 per month in the U.S., directly through the iOS app.
Currently, the ChatGPT app is exclusively available for iOS devices. However, OpenAI, backed by major companies like Microsoft and renowned venture capital firms such as Tiger Global and a16z, plans to launch an Android version in the near future.
The expansion of the ChatGPT app coincides with OpenAI CEO Sam Altman's global tour to engage with policymakers and gain insights into their perspectives on AI. Altman has recently met with several European state leaders and is scheduled to visit India early next month, further emphasizing OpenAI's commitment to global collaboration and understanding.