The recent ChatGPT beta offers a select group of users the ability to turn AI into the new default voice assistant for devices on Android.
This information was provided by industry stakeholders Mishal Rahman of X (on the platform formerly known as Twitter) he posted a video of himself trying out the feature live. According to the post, users will be able to add a shortcut to the ChatGPT Assistant (so-called ChatGPT Assistant) directly to Android's Quick Settings panel. When you tap on his ChatGPT entry there, a new his UI overlay will appear on your screen consisting of a plain white circle near the bottom of the display. From there, you can give verbal instructions and the assistant will give you an answer a few seconds later.
You can now talk to ChatGPT from any screen on your Android device. With the latest ChatGPT beta update, you can now add a shortcut to the Quick Settings panel that opens ChatGPT's Assistant overlay. This overlay can appear on any screen and allow you to talk to ChatGPT regardless… pic.twitter.com/hHvHGXPYWcJanuary 22, 2024
In this clip, you can see that the AI takes a long time to respond (about 15 seconds). During this time, the white circle will display a bubbling animation to indicate that a response is being generated. When you return the conversation, the animation changes to look like a cloud. You can also suspend ChatGPT at any time by simply tapping the screen. The circle will then turn black.
The complete onboarding process for this feature is unknown, but 9To5Google claims in a report that you will need to select voice when you launch it for the first time. If you like what you hear, you can keep using a particular voice, or you can step back and replace it with another voice. Previews of each audio are also available on his OpenAI website. It consists of three male and two female voices. Once everything is set up, the Assistant will start normally and you'll see a white circle near the bottom.
To try this update, you need a $20/month ChatGPT Plus subscription. Next, install ChatGPT for Android version 1.2024.017 or .018 (whichever is available). ChatGPT[設定]on the menu[ベータ機能]Go to the section and it should be ready to enable. As mentioned above, only a select group can access it. There are no guarantees.
Apparently, the assistant is present in previous builds. According to 9ToGoogle, this patch is available for his ChatGPT beta version 1.2024.010 with limited functionality. They claim that this patch will introduce quick settings tiles, but not a revamped UI.
Rahman said in his post that at this time, no one can set ChatGPT as their default assistant. However, a line of code found in his ChatGPT patch in early January suggests this may be possible in the future. We reached out to OpenAI to ask if they have any plans to expand the availability of the beta version. This story will be updated at a later date.
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