Google Assistant, the default option on many Android devices, is currently the leading choice for Android users. It surpasses most other available assistants in terms of performance. Google is now working on further enhancing its capabilities by incorporating generative AI technology from Bard, a language model that can handle text, voice, and images. However, Google is not the only one developing AI-based assistants for Android.
According to a recent report by Android Authority, ChatGPT, known for its advanced language capabilities, might emerge as a new assistant option for Android users. Third-party assistants are not new to the Android ecosystem. In the past, Microsoft's Cortana and Amazon's Alexa have provided alternative assistant experiences for Android users. However, neither of them managed to dethrone Google Assistant from its top position.
ChatGPT has the potential to disrupt the current landscape. Android Authority discovered a new activity in the latest version of the Android app that suggests voice input support through an overlay, similar to Google Assistant. However, this feature is not fully functional at the moment.
The code of the app also indicates efforts to make ChatGPT a default assistant, as it contains references to an "assistant_interaction_service" and a "supportsAssist" tag. Nevertheless, there is still a lot of work to be done before ChatGPT can become a fully functional default assistant.
Interestingly, when Microsoft introduced its own GPT-based LLM experience, it removed Bing's default assistant capabilities. The timeline for ChatGPT's potential shift to a default assistant and whether it will be available as a free feature remains unclear. OpenAI, the developers of ChatGPT, offer additional features through a Plus subscription, and code hints suggest that a Quick Settings tile for ChatGPT might be accessible only through this paywall.
While there are indications pointing to ChatGPT's potential as an Android assistant, it is too early to make any definitive statements about its future. Further developments and announcements from Google, OpenAI, and the Android ecosystem will shape the landscape of Android assistants in the coming months.