In 2023, AI advancements took center stage, and 2024 is poised to continue this trend. Notably, AI chatbots like ChatGPT, Bard, and Bing gained prominence in recent years, with ongoing developments anticipated in 2024. A particular focus is on enhancing user accessibility to these AI tools via mobile devices. Reports suggest that ChatGPT is exploring a new feature that enables users to interact with the AI chatbot directly, eliminating the need to manually open the ChatGPT app. This functionality is reminiscent of Google Assistant's activation by saying 'Ok Google.'
While it remains uncertain if ChatGPT will entirely replace Google Assistant on Android phones, there is speculation about this possibility. The latest ChatGPT version, labeled as 1.2023.352, introduced a new activity named com.openai.voice.assistant.AssistantActivity. Although this activity is initially disabled, users can manually enable and initiate it. When activated, a display overlay featuring a swirling animation, similar to the in-app voice chat mode, appears on the screen. Unlike the in-app mode, this overlay is non-intrusive and can be visible over other applications. The goal is to enable users to converse with ChatGPT seamlessly from any screen. However, during testing, the animation was incomplete, and the activity closed abruptly, limiting interaction with the chatbot. This could be attributed to the feature's unfinished state or control by an internal setting.
Indications in the code also suggest that the feature might not be fully prepared, with partial implementation for the app to function as a "default digital assistant app." Moreover, there are hints that this feature might require a ChatGPT Plus subscription, the premium version of the AI chatbot. It's important to note that ChatGPT has not officially announced this feature, and its release remains uncertain, given the early stage of development.