OpenAI has expanded the availability of its ChatGPT app on iOS to India, along with 45 other countries, as revealed in a recent Twitter announcement. Initially introduced in the U.S. on May 18, OpenAI CTO Mira Murati confirmed plans to further extend the app’s reach soon. However, the app is currently unavailable for Android users.
What Happened? The AI chatbot, ChatGPT, was first made public via a web version and has since attracted substantial global interest, including in India. OpenAI launched a paid subscription service, ChatGPT Plus, in India in March. This premium service offers users quicker response times, even during high-traffic periods, and priority access to new enhancements.
ChatGPT has proved useful in various fields, aiding in tasks from essay composition to code writing. Its popularity coincides with India’s growing interest in harnessing AI across industries. The Indian government has initiated several projects to strengthen the country’s AI capabilities, including a ChatGPT-like chatbot helpline. This system, designed to address grievances, will allow users to converse in multiple Indian languages.
Although ChatGPT currently supports Hindi in addition to English, it’s worth noting that its proficiency in Hindi is less developed than in English.
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OpenAI’s expansion is not without challenges. The company is feeling the pressure of increasing regulatory scrutiny in certain regions. CEO Sam Altman expressed concerns over the forthcoming EU AI Act, which he fears may be overly restrictive, potentially leading to OpenAI’s exit from Europe.
Amid its global efforts to enhance ChatGPT, OpenAI has also introduced the OpenAI Startup Fund to support AI startups. According to a recent SEC filing, the fund has amassed $170 million (₹1,406.53 crore).
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