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China-developed AI Apps Gain Traction in the US by Assisting Students with Homework

Question on Chinese-developed AI apps.AI and Gauth are gaining traction in the US education business. These applications use generative AI to help students with a variety of courses. Duolingo remains the most prominent free educational app in the United States.

The Chinese apps help US students study
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Question.AI, created by Beijing-based educational technology startup Zuoyebang, and ByteDance's Gauth are at the forefront of the movement. According to mobile app intelligence provider AppMagic, these AI-powered homework aides were listed among the top three free educational apps in the United States on Apple's iOS store and Google Play between February and May.

This achievement in the US market comes against increased rivalry in China, where over 200 large language models have been produced for AI applications. Chinese regulators have approved the public release of these models, which serve as the foundation for generative AI applications such as ChatGPT. However, competition in China has led app makers to look for new markets for development.

Duolingo, the world's largest language learning platform, is now the top-ranked free educational app in the United States. Question.AI was released in the middle of last year, but Gauth was first introduced in 2020 as Gauthmath, a maths problem solution, before expanding to other topics.

These AI-powered applications, which provide basic capabilities for free but charge for extra functionalities, use generative AI to help US students with disciplines such as science, technology, engineering, mathematics, economics, physics, chemistry, and literature. Users merely need to take a photo of their maths or chemistry homework assignment, and the applications will create solutions along with thorough step-by-step instructions and explanations.

Gauth is the world's second most popular educational app on both iOS and Google Play, while Question.AI is ranked seventh, according to AppMagic.

More Chinese software makers are now targeting Western markets, with Checkmath, a math problem solver created by Yuanfudao, and Talkie AI from Shanghai-based AI start-up Minimax gaining popularity. Talkie AI, an alternative to the US-based, enables users to engage with virtual chatbot characters. Talkie AI is now ranked fourth in entertainment apps on Google Play in the United States, trailing only streaming video apps Tubi, Max, and Netflix, with Disney+ in fifth place.

While AI-powered Chinese apps in the US market have not received the same level of attention as TikTok, which is facing a ban unless its US operations are divested, they do face monetization issues. AppMagic data shows that neither Gauth nor Question.Over the last four months, AI has risen to the top ten grossing apps, as measured by revenue.

  • Chinese-developed AI apps, Question.AI and Gauth, are gaining popularity in the US education market.

  • These apps utilise generative AI to assist students with various subjects.

  • Duolingo remains the top free educational app in the US.

Source: SCMP

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