Shortly after X introduced its plans to check a three-tiered subscription service, X proprietor Elon Musk teased that his new AI chatbot, xAI’s Grok, could be a part of the top-tier subscription, X Premium+. Now we’re getting a primary take a look at what Grok might seem like when launched contained in the X app, courtesy of latest screenshots that present the characteristic in improvement on X’s web site.
The AI chatbot, which is Musk’s reply to OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Google’s Bard, Anthropic’s Claude, and others, solutions questions in a conversational mode, however is alleged to have extra of a character. Because the xAI staff described it, Grok is modeled after the Hitchhiker’s Information to the Galaxy and is designed to reply “with a little bit of a wit” and has a “rebellious streak.” It additionally plans to reply “spicy” questions which can be rejected by different AI methods, the corporate famous. Most significantly, Grok could have entry to real-time data by way of the X platform and thru internet searching capabilities.
Grok was first launched on November 4 to a choose group of testers, however Musk announced in a post on X that each one X Premium+ subscribers would acquire entry to Grok sooner or later. X Premium+ is among the new subscription choices launched at X, alongside the prevailing X Premium subscription and a extra inexpensive X Primary subscription.
Whereas the $3 per 30 days Primary subscription contains options just like the edit button and the flexibility to submit longer articles and movies, it doesn’t provide advert removing and its reply-boosting capabilities are weaker than on X Premium. The usual subscription (the $8 per 30 days X Premium), in the meantime, removes half the advertisements within the For You and Following feeds along with supporting all of Primary’s options and provides the Verification checkmark.
X Premium+ is the highest-priced subscription at $16 per 30 days or $168 per yr because it removes all of the advertisements within the For You and Following feeds and introduces a Creator Hub the place customers can receives a commission to submit and might provide their followers subscriptions.
The addition of Grok into this tier may make the providing extra compelling to non-creators, as properly, X possible hopes.
Musk had not mentioned when Grok would launch to X subscribers, however a screenshot exhibits that work is already underway to combine Grok into the X app. In accordance with app researcher Nima Owji, Grok was added to the X internet app’s code simply yesterday, and its URL will likely be twitter.com/i/grok. He additionally printed a screenshot displaying how Grok will likely be built-in into the net app for Premium+ subscribers — the chatbot’s icon seems on the left-side navigation bar beneath Residence, Search, Notifications, and Messages. The icon stands out because it’s a strong black sq. with a white slash, whereas the opposite X icons are solely outlined in black.
Non-subscribers who click on the icon will see a message that reads “Subscribe to Premium+ to get entry to Grok,” one screenshot exhibits. In one other, a subscriber with entry to Grok will see a primary chatbot interface the place you’ll be able to kind right into a field to “Ask Grok” a query. There additionally seems to be a historical past button on the prime proper which presumably would enable customers to revisit their previous queries.
Whereas we already knew that Grok could be made accessible to Premium+ subscribers within the months forward, the truth that it’s already being developed within the X internet utility might point out that it’ll launch sooner somewhat than later, or maybe will likely be made accessible to some testers forward of a public debut on X.
X doesn’t reply to requests for remark, as Musk laid off its comms staff shortly after buying the corporate. Nonetheless, X’s assist documentation states that entry to Grok is “coming quickly” on the Premium+ tier.
Grok’s additional improvement comes shortly after a weekend of drama surrounding the main AI firm, OpenAI, whose board unexpectedly ousted CEO Sam Altman over considerations in regards to the tempo of AI innovation and a breakdown in communications. Altman might be a part of OpenAI associate Microsoft to guide an AI staff there as a substitute, however issues are nonetheless in movement.