The new app uses Android's voice assistant APIs to overwrite the native voice assistant to take control of voice instructions.
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OpenAI seems to be aiming for everything and is starting to work on different types of applications based on ChatGPT and its language model to dominate various markets. It cannot be ignored that the potential of their Artificial Intelligence tools is applicable to almost any current industry, so they want to be the ones to set the path with dedicated apps.
Today we learn that the company is working on an application that aims to replace Google Assistant as the voice virtual assistant on Android. Currently, all Android phones use this assistant by default, but the operating system allows it to be replaced. The problem is that no major tech company has fully committed to developing this, but OpenAI could be the first of many.
The ChatGPT application itself would be in charge of the entire process
Thanks to the colleagues at Android Authority, we know that OpenAI is experimenting with an app that would replace Google Assistant. The application uses the API for voice assistance and overlays on other applications. This feature is present in version 1.2023.352 of ChatGPT, but it is disabled by default.
When activated, you can see how an animation similar to Google Assistant is displayed on the screen. For now, it seems quite early in development, and in this stage, you cannot use it, so there may be missing options for it to be usable and tested by beta testers. To invoke it, you have to call the service assistant.com.openai.voice.assistant.AssistantActivity.
Within the APK they have dissected, there is part of the code that describes that this application can be set as the default. However, there are some issues that OpenAI will need to address before making this possibility a reality, as there are some parts and permissions of the API that can only be accessed by “trusted sources.” So, until Google releases Bard on Android, ChatGPT will have to wait; although there will always be the option to use the voice assistant from the app without replacing the native one in the operating system.
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