WhatsApp gets a new AI powered chatbot shortcut

The latest WhatsApp beta for Android features a new shortcut that offers quickly access to Meta’s AI powered chatbot. It is still unclear if and when it will be available to everyone.

WhatsApp | WhatsApp AI shortcut | Meta AI WhatsAppWhatsApp has been testing the feature in the U.S for quite some time now. (Express Photo)

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Meta has been gradually integrating new AI-powered features into its products like Facebook and Instagram, and the latest one to get the generative AI treatment is its popular instant messaging service – WhatsApp.

Earlier this year at the Meta Connect 2023, the tech giant announced that it would soon add an AI chatbot to WhatsApp. Previously available to a handful of users living in the United States, a report by WABetaInfo has discovered that the latest WhatsApp beta for Android now has a new shortcut button that lets users quickly access the company’s AI-powered chatbot without having to navigate through the conversation list.

The new AI chatbot button is located in WhatsApp’s ‘Chats’ section and placed on top of the ‘New Chat’ button. However, the new AI chatbot seems to be limited to a handful of users and there are currently no details on when it will be available to everyone.

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The shortcut is conveniently placed on top of the new chat button for easy access. (Image Source: WABetaInfo)

What can Meta’s AI chatbot do?

In September this year, Meta unveiled its new ChatGPT-like general-purpose AI chatbot which can help out users with everything from answering queries to planning trips. The company also announced a partnership with Microsoft’s Bing Chat, which will help the chatbot to offer real-time web results.

Similar to text to text-to-image generators like MidJourney and Bing Image Creator, the new AI assistant can also make users create realistic-looking images from scratch using a ‘/imagine’ command for free.

Meta AI uses a custom model uses a combination of Llama 2 and the company’s latest large language model research, with Meta claiming it can “make recommendations in a pinch, make you laugh when you need a good joke, settle a debate in a group chat and generally be there to answer questions or teach you something new.”


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First published on: 20-11-2023 at 15:35 IST

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