OpenAI has announced that its voice feature is now accessible to all users at no cost. In a recent post on X (formerly Twitter), the company revealed that users can simply tap the headphones icon in the mobile app to engage in voice-based conversations with ChatGPT and receive audible responses.
This feature was initially introduced in September but was limited to paying users only. The decision to make it freely available to all marks a significant development.
Interestingly, the announcement post on X also humorously references the recent turmoil at OpenAI, including the sudden departure of their CEO and the ongoing negotiations surrounding his return, which have been unfolding late into the night over the past few days.
“In the given scenario, an individual seeks guidance from ChatGPT, asking, ‘After a lengthy night for the team, and with hunger on our minds, how many 16-inch pizzas should I order to feed a group of 778 people?’ Meanwhile, OpenAI faces a situation where a significant portion of its workforce has demanded the entire board’s resignation to avoid potential mass resignations.”
Last week, the company’s board terminated Sam Altman, co-founder and CEO of OpenAI, due to concerns about his communication transparency. Following this development, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, extended an invitation to Altman and his team to establish a new division within the tech giant. However, there is also speculation that Altman might consider returning to OpenAI.
Former OpenAI president Greg Brockman, who had resigned after Altman’s departure, shared OpenAI’s announcement on X, suggesting that it significantly transforms the ChatGPT experience. Additionally, Brockman has expressed his willingness to rejoin OpenAI, as reported by The Verge potentially.