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Microsoft has recently released a standalone Copilot app for Android, representing a notable advancement in its AI-powered assistant. The app is now accessible on the Google Play Store, providing users with access to Microsoft’s Copilot without requiring the Bing mobile app.

Microsoft’s AI Push: From Bing Chat to Copilot

Microsoft’s journey towards this standalone app began earlier this year with the integration of a ChatGPT-like interface into its Bing search engine. This AI push was initially branded as Bing Chat. However, a little over a month ago, Microsoft rebranded Bing Chat to Copilot, allowing it to become a more standalone experience.

The rebranding of Bing Chat to Copilot was part of Microsoft’s strategy to compete with OpenAI’s ChatGPT. Despite a close partnership with OpenAI, Microsoft has been positioning Copilot as a viable option for both consumers and businesses.

Copilot’s Capabilities and Features

The Copilot app on Android is similar to ChatGPT, offering chatbot capabilities, image generation through DALL-E 3, and the ability to draft text for emails and documents. A notable feature of the app is its free access to OpenAI’s latest GPT-4 model, a feature that requires payment when using ChatGPT.

The launch of the Copilot app for Android comes after Microsoft introduced new features to optimize the AI’s performance. These upgrades include the integration of OpenAI’s GPT-4 Turbo and an updated version of DALL-E 3, which allows for the generation of higher quality and more accurate images.

The Standalone Copilot Experience

The standalone Copilot experience is not limited to the Android app. Microsoft has also created a dedicated domain for Copilot at copilot.microsoft.com, similar to ChatGPT. This move allows Copilot to exist as a standalone experience, separate from the Bing search engine.

While the iOS version of the Copilot app is not yet available, users can still access Copilot features through the Bing app on an iPhone or iPad.

Looking Ahead

The launch of the standalone Copilot app on Android is a logical step in expanding the standalone Copilot experience. With the rebranding of Bing Chat Enterprise to just Copilot, it is expected that an iOS version of the app will soon be available.

Microsoft’s Copilot is a significant development in the AI landscape, offering a powerful tool for drafting text, generating images, and accessing the latest AI models. As Microsoft continues to innovate and expand its AI offerings, the Copilot app is likely to evolve and offer even more capabilities in the future.

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