OpenAI’s voice mode feature for ChatGPT delayed, alpha testing to begin in July


OpenAI on Tuesday announced that it is delaying the launch of its advanced voice mode for ChatGPT with emotional expressions and real-time reactions. The artificial intelligence (AI) firm demonstrated the feature with its latest GPT-4o model during the Spring Updates event last month. OpenAI now plans to begin alpha testing for the voice mode next month. The company did not share details about other features showcased at the event such as real-time video processing and screen-sharing capabilities for its chatbot.

OpenAI delays launch of GPT-4o features

In a post on X (formerly Twitter), OpenAI posted an update about the advanced voice mode feature. As demonstrated last month, the feature is powered by GPT-4o and allows ChatGPT to verbally respond to prompts and questions in real-time. The chatbot was also shown to modulate its voice, express emotions, and even sing. The feature was one of the central announcements of the OpenAI event.

However, the company has now confirmed that it won’t arrive before July. There are multiple reasons behind the delay, and OpenAI says it is working on the feature’s ability to detect and reject certain content. It is also scaling up its infrastructure so that millions of users can access real-time voice responses without any delay.

The current plan is to release this feature to a small group of ChatGPT Plus users as part of its alpha testing program. Based on feedback and learnings, the AI ​​firm plans to roll out the feature to all Plus users in the autumn, without sharing a concrete launch timeline.

In addition, the company also acknowledged delays in implementing other features shown at the event. For example, ChatGPT’s ability to see the surrounding environment through a user’s video feed and interact with it in real time and screen-sharing capabilities also do not have a release timeline. OpenAI said it will keep users informed about it.

In addition, the AI ​​firm on Tuesday launched its ChatGPT app for macOS for all users. The app comes with new features such as shortcut keys for quick launch, loading screenshots directly in the app, and support for standard voice mode.

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