ChatGPT developers are reportedly working on a new feature that will allow users to set the AI chatbot as the default digital assistant and use it at the press of a button.
The fastest way to access ChatGPT on an Android phone is by launching the app, but the company is reportedly working on a new feature allowing users to access the AI-powered chatbot at the press of a button.
According to a recent report by Android Authority, the latest version of ChatGPT for Android includes a new activity named ‘com.openai.voice.assistant.AssistantActivity’ that lets users set ChatGPT as their default assistant. On manually enabling the activity, an overlay appears similar to the app’s voice chat mode that doesn’t take up the entire screen, much like how Google Assistant appears on top of any app.
The report also suggests that the feature might be a work in progress as the animation was half-baked and the activity closed itself before the chatbot popped up. The ChatGPT app for Android also seems to be missing a tag that allows apps to replace the default digital assistant app.
If you are using the old button navigation method, the default digital assistant can be invoked by long pressing the home button. With Google working on bringing its AI chatbot Bard to Google Assistant, ChatGPT might be working on the functionality so users don’t make the switch.
The developers are also reportedly working on bringing a ChatGPT quick tile on Android that will help users launch the app from the quick settings panel. However, the code in the app suggests that the quick tile will be limited to ChatGPT Plus subscribers.
Similar to the iPhone 15 Pro series ‘Action button’ that lets users perform any task in one click, including launching ChatGPT, the new functionality will allow Android users to use ChatGPT by long pressing the power button.