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ChatGPT's alternative to Google Search might arrive on May 9

A newly registered domain name points toward an upcoming ChatGPT-powered search engine.

Published onMay 2, 2024

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Calvin Wankhede / Android Authority
  • Rumors suggest OpenAI may unveil a new search product on May 9.
  • The domain name was recently registered.
  • This new search product might focus on providing AI-powered quick answers.

With the AI war between Google Gemini and Microsoft’s ChatGPT escalating, rumors pointing to a May 9 unveiling of a new ChatGPT-powered web search offering have surfaced, setting the stage for a direct challenge to Google’s search dominance.

A Reddit user spotted the creation of SSL certificates for the domain We also found a tweet by an AI podcast host reading, “Search (dot) ChatGPT (dot) com May 9th,” hinting at a potential release date. The subdomain mentioned currently displays a cryptic “Not found” message instead of throwing a 404 or domain error, further adding to the speculation.

Screenshot of search dot chatgpt dot com
Rushil Agrawal / Android Authority

While we don’t have any more details so far, the idea of OpenAI launching a search engine makes strategic sense. Microsoft, a major investor in OpenAI, has so far failed to meaningfully challenge Google’s search dominance through Bing alone. A few months ago, The Information reported that OpenAI has been developing a web search product partly powered by Bing.

These recent developments could signal that this very product is close to launch. From what we’ve gathered so far, this new ChatGPT-based search product could provide AI-powered summaries and quick results, much like Google’s Search Generative Experience (SGE).

May 9 isn’t far away, so we’ll soon discover what OpenAI has in store for us. Meanwhile, let us know what you think about a ChatGPT-powered search engine.

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