Copilot now available on Android and iOS!
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While you were enjoying the holiday season, Microsoft surprised everyone with the launch of Android and iOS versions of Copilot, previously known as Bing Chat.

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The Android release was initially discovered by user @technosarusrex and later reported by Neowin on Dec. 26. Shortly after, Microsoft introduced an iOS and iPadOS version of the AI chatbot.

Copilot iOS app homescreen
Copilot on iOS resembles Bing Chat but comes as a new standalone app.
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The Copilot app works similarly to the ChatGPT app. It can engage in conversations, compose messages and emails, and facilitates text-to-image generation. As the Copilot large language model is supported by OpenAI, users can switch to GPT-4 instead of the assumed default GPT-3.5. This is significant because direct usage of GPT-4 via OpenAI typically requires a ChatGPT Plus subscription. However, with the Copilot app, GPT-4 access is complimentary. Copilot also integrates OpenAI’s highly advanced AI image generator, DALL-E 3.

The introduction of the new Copilot app brings some complexity as there already exists a Bing Chat feature within the Bing app, which, at first glance, shares a similar appearance and functionality. In November, Microsoft rebranded Bing Chat to Copilot, which then became the overarching term for all of Microsoft’s generative AI products. It remains uncertain whether the Copilot app will eventually supplant the Bing Chat app. We have reached out to Microsoft for clarification and will update the story as necessary.

Bing Chat on iOS app homescreen
The Bing app still offers Bing Chat functionality, resembling the standalone Copilot app.
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For now, users can access Microsoft’s AI-powered chat through two different apps: Bing and Copilot.

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Cecily Mauran

Cecily is a tech reporter at Mashable specializing in AI, Apple, and emerging tech trends. Before completing her master’s degree at Columbia Journalism School, she gained experience working with startups and social impact businesses for Unreasonable Group and B Lab. Previously, she co-founded a startup consulting business for emerging entrepreneurial hubs in South America, Europe, and Asia. You can find her on Twitter at @cecily_mauran.


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