Goodbye Google: ChatGPT creators are working on their own AI-powered Internet search engine

Artificial Intelligence | February 20, 2024

Goodbye Google: ChatGPT creators are working on their own AI-powered Internet search engine

With an update to the ChatGPT app on Android, it’s now possible to place a button in the quick access menu to invoke its AI with your voice. This means that OpenAI has been able to penetrate a space dominated by Google with its search engine: the millions of Android mobile devices worldwide. Now, it even aims to go further with a new product, which would be precisely a web search engine.

That digital space is also being invaded by a small app that can be installed on an Android mobile device so that, by configuring the power button, ChatGPT can be invoked as the mobile assistant and communicate through voice for any type of query or assistance. Now, OpenAI wants to venture into the realm of search engines dominated by both Google and Microsoft, with one having greater power than the other.

A new report claims that OpenAI is working on a web search product and cites sources familiar with the plans. This service would partially function with Microsoft’s Bing, although it is not entirely clear if it would be separate from ChatGPT. Especially because currently, OpenAI’s AI offers a web browsing experience with Bing as part of the ChatGPT Plus subscription.

Search queries to the AI

And if it truly wants to challenge Google’s search engine, which is offered entirely for free, it is understood that if it intends to launch a search engine, it must follow the same business model. The big question posed by Android Authority is whether OpenAI’s web search product can surpass Google’s experience.

If OpenAI has indeed started developing this web product, it will have in its hands the analytics data from ChatGPT usage and how many users are beginning to use its AI to make queries instead of using Google. Especially because ChatGPT responds in natural language, which is quite different from Google’s search results filled with ads and information trickling down.

In fact, not long ago, a report was published showing that searching on Google is no longer what it used to be. Google’s rush to bring Gemini to Android recently, as an experimental AI for all kinds of queries, or Bard’s emergence in 2023 on the web to provide the same experience as ChatGPT, can be better understood.

OpenAI’s goal is to launch an AI-driven search engine, and it wouldn’t be the first, as Perplexity AI is another one to watch out for, where users can make search queries while it provides links related to text answers.

Just days ago, Google changed Bard’s name to Gemini to launch an incredible offer of €21.99 per month (includes two free months) with Gemini Advanced and 2 TB of storage; which, by the way, has hidden one of the best plans it had on Google One just a day ago.

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