Google Assistant is currently the best choice for Android phones. This is not only because it is the default option on many Android devices, but also because it is outperforming most other assistants available today.
Google is working to expand its capabilities by adding Bard’s generative AI technology, a language model that processes text, voice, and images. Interestingly, Google is not the only company developing AI-based assistants for Android.
A recent report by Android Authority indicates that ChatGPT, known for its advanced language capabilities, may become a new assistant for Android users.
For those who don’t know, third-party assistants are nothing new to Android. Previously, players such as Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa offered options for users looking for different assistant experiences on Android. However, none of them managed to displace Google Assistant from the top position.
However, ChatGPT has the potential to change things. Android Authority has detected new activity in the latest version of the Android app that launches an overlay that provides support for voice input, similar to Google Assistant. However, this feature is not yet fully operational.
The program code also hints at attempts to make ChatGPT the default assistant by referring to “assistant_interaction_service” and the “supportsAssist” tag. However, there is still a lot of work to be done.
Interestingly, Microsoft removed the default assistant capabilities in Bing when it launched its own GPT-based LLM program. The timing of this potential change, and even its availability as a free feature, remains unclear. OpenAI, the developers of ChatGPT, offer additional features behind a Plus subscription, and code hints indicate that the Quick Settings tile for ChatGPT may be locked behind this paid subscription.
Although there is evidence to suggest that ChatGPT has the potential to become an Android assistant, it is too early to say for sure what will happen.