Shortly after X announced plans to test a three-tier subscription service, X owner Elon Musk announced that his new AI chatbot, xAI’s Grok, would be part of the top-tier subscription, XPremium+. We now have our first look at what Grok could look like once launched in the X app, thanks to new screenshots showing the feature being developed on the X website.
The AI chatbot, which is Musk’s answer to OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Google’s Bard, Anthropic’s Claude and others, answers questions conversationally, but is said to have more personality. As described by the xAI team, Grok is inspired by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and is designed to respond “with a bit of wit” and has a “rebellious streak.” It also plans to answer “pungent” questions that are rejected by other AI systems, the company noted. Most importantly, Grok will have access to real-time insights through the X platform and web browsing capabilities.
Grok was first released on November 4 to a select group of testers, but Musk announced it in a post on that all X Premium+ subscribers would have access to Grok in the future. X Premium+ is one of the new subscription offerings introduced at X, alongside the existing X Premium subscription and a more affordable X Basic subscription.
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Adding Grok at this level could also make the offering more attractive to non-creators, X likely hopes.
Musk hadn’t said when Grok would launch to X subscribers, but a screenshot shows that work is already underway to integrate Grok into the X app. According to an app researcher What is Owji, Grok was added to the X web application code yesterday, and its URL will be twitter.com/i/grok. He also posted a screenshot showing how Grok will be integrated into the web app for Premium+ subscribers: The chatbot icon appears in the left navigation bar under Home, Search, Notifications, and Messages. The icon stands out because it is a solid black square with a white slash, while the other X icons are only outlined in black.
Non-subscribers who click the icon will see a message saying “Subscribe to Premium+ to access Grok,” a screenshot shows. In another, a subscriber with access to Grok will see a basic chatbot interface where you can tap in a box to “Ask Grok a question.” There also appears to be a history button at the top right that would likely allow users to review their past queries.
While we already knew that Grok would be made available to Premium+ subscribers in the coming months, the fact that it is already developed in the X web app may indicate that it will launch sooner rather than later, or perhaps that it will be made available to certain testers. before its public debut on X.
X is not responding to requests for comment because Musk laid off his communications team shortly after acquiring the company. However, the help of Documentation says access to Grok is “coming soon” at the Premium+ tier.
Grok’s further development comes shortly after a weekend of drama surrounding leading AI company OpenAI, whose board unexpectedly ousted CEO Sam Altman over concerns about pace of AI innovation and a communication breakdown. Altman may join OpenAI partner Microsoft to lead an AI team there, but things are still in flux.