google Assistant is currently the top choice for android phones. This isn't just because it's the default option on many Android devices, but also because it outperforms most other assistants available today.
Google is working to enhance its capabilities by adding generative AI technology from Bard, a language model that handles text, voice, and images. Interestingly, Google isn't the only one developing AI-based assistants for Android.
A recent Android Authority report indicates that ChatGPT, known for its advanced language capabilities, might become a new assistant option for Android users.
For those unaware, third-party assistants aren't a new thing when it comes to Android. Previously, players like microsoft's Cortana and Amazon's Alexa offered options for users seeking different assistant experiences in Android. However, neither managed to unseat Google Assistant from its top spot.
ChatGPT, however, could potentially shake things up. Android Authority discovered a new activity in the latest version of the Android app that triggers an overlay implying voice input support, similar to Google Assistant. But for now, this feature isn't fully useable.
The app's code also hints at efforts to make ChatGPT a default assistant, with references to an “assistant_interaction_service” and a “supportsAssist” tag. Still, there's a lot of work to be done.
Interestingly, Microsoft removed Bing's default assistant capabilities when launching its own GPT-based LLM experience. The timeline for this potential shift, and even its availability as a free feature, remains unclear. OpenAI, the developers of ChatGPT, offer additional features through a Plus subscription, and code hints suggest a Quick Settings tile for ChatGPT might be locked behind this paywall.
While there's evidence pointing to ChatGPT's potential as an Android assistant, it's too soon to say for sure what will happen.