OpenAI is in the news on Friday due to the turmoil following the removal of Sam Altman as CEO. Since then, almost all of OpenAI’s employees have threatened to quit and demanded the resignation of the board. The AI firm appointed former Twitch boss Emmett Shear as the new CEO, and Altman was hired by Microsoft to lead AI research at the company. However, after talks with the OpenAI board, Altman has now agreed to return as CEO to the company he co-founded. Amid the chaos, OpenAI continues to update its most popular product. The company announced on Wednesday that Chat with Voice will be available for free to all users of the GPT app. The voice conversation feature was first rolled out for ChatGPT Plus and Enterprise subscribers.
In a post on X (formerly Twitter), OpenAI announced that voice support has been added to the ChatGPT app for all free users. “Download the app on your phone and tap the headphone icon to start a conversation,” the post says. In its post, OpenAI included a video of the feature in action, interacting with a ChatGPT user.
ChatGPT with voice is now available to all free users. Download the app to your phone and tap the headphone icon to start a conversation.
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– OpenAI (@OpenAI) 21 November 2023
Gadgets 360 can confirm that voice support has been rolled out for the ChatGPIT app on both iOS and Android smartphones. This feature appears as a headphone icon at the bottom right of the chat window. After tapping on the icon, users get a ‘Chat with Voice’ introduction screen, which includes information about the voice conversation feature. It also clarifies that all voice chats will be saved as transcriptions in the chat history. However, audio clips of chats are not stored. The app also auto-detects the language. Users can also choose the preferred language in Settings for more accurate voice recognition.
The ChatGPT app then allows users to choose from a choice of five voices for convenience. After granting the microphone permission, the chat with voice feature is set up to be used, allowing users to have free-flowing conversations with ChatGPT. However keep in mind that users on the free plan may not get real-time updates as they do from voice assistants like Siri or Google Assistant as the app is restricted to access data available until January 2022.
Voice conversations were first introduced to ChatGPIT Plus and Enterprise members in September. At the time, OpenAI said it had worked with professional voice actors to introduce the new feature. Chat with voice feature on the ChatGPT app answers questions by converting spoken questions into text that can be understood by the chatbot. Responses are converted into audio format using the company’s new text-to-speech (TTS) technology.
ChatGPT Plus and Enterprise customers get the added functionality of browsing the web and receiving real-time data through ChatGPT even after its reported cutoff date. OpenAI has said that this feature will soon be expanded to all users as well.
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