Earlier today, Microsoft began rolling out the new ChatGPT-powered Bing to early testers worldwide. Bing’s early preview works like a charm on desktop, and it’s also coming to Android and iOS in the coming weeks, according to sources familiar with the development and an email sent from Microsoft today.
Details are light, but sources confirmed that Microsoft is working on a “substantially optimized interface” for Bing’s AI chat for Android and iOS, which will include “all-new OpenAI-powered content.” In an email sent to testers including Proxa News, Microsoft confirmed that the mobile experience isn’t ready yet.
“We don’t have a mobile experience ready yet — we’re actively working on it and will have it ready soon. Until then, keep using the new Bing on desktop and download the Bing app from your favorite app store to make sure you’re ready for the great experience when the mobile version is ready,” the company said in the email. mail.
This news is intriguing, given the fact Google also announced Brad for mobile, a new AI search engine chatbot similar to ChatGPT. Google plans to launch Brad for select users sometime this month.
Currently, we can access Bing AI on desktops through browsers such as Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome. On Android, Bing.com says you have to be on a waitlist to try out the ChatGPT integration. It will still contain a link to log in with your Microsoft account and you will automatically be added to the list.
Microsoft has a few suggestions for moving up the list, but they won’t help you access Bing on Android or iOS. That’s because Microsoft has disabled Bing AI for mobile, which means you can’t use the AI even if you’ve cleared the waitlist on desktop.
According to sources familiar with the development, Microsoft is still optimizing Bing AI for mobile form factors. An update to the Bing app brings this functionality to Android and iOS.
Bing AI’s new mobile experience could be rolling out in the “coming weeks,” a source who wishes to remain anonymous told us.
In the email, as shown in the screenshot above, Microsoft confirmed that the Bing mobile experience is not ready yet, but more details will be shared soon and users are advised to download the mobile app from Play Store or Apple App Store.