WhatsApp is gearing up for a groundbreaking addition to its instant messaging platform with the imminent introduction of an AI chatbot. The most recent beta version of the app comes equipped with a specialized button, strategically placed for easy access to this innovative feature.
As highlighted in a recent WABetaInfo report, a dedicated button now graces the Chats tab just above the new chat initiation icon. This button is designed to expedite the opening of AI-powered chats, significantly enhancing the speed and convenience for users.
The AI chatbot, powered by Meta AI, was initially unveiled by Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, WhatsApp’s parent company, back in September. Zuckerberg disclosed that the company is currently conducting tests on AI-powered chatbots, focusing on a specific segment within the USA.
In the September beta release, the AI chatbot made its debut but was somewhat concealed within the contact list, causing users some difficulty in locating and initiating conversations. To streamline this process and elevate the user experience, the WhatsApp beta for Android version 18.104.22.168 now incorporates a small button on the home screen for quick and direct access to the chatbot.
Positioned just above the ‘New Chat’ button in the bottom right corner, this button is a distinctive white square adorned with a multicolored ring. A simple tap swiftly launches the Meta AI chatbot. It’s crucial to note that AI chatbots are currently in an experimental phase and have been introduced on a limited scale, according to the report.
However, the report emphasizes that the presence of this feature in the WhatsApp beta does not guarantee its inclusion in the global release of the same version. Additionally, the specific timeline for the broader availability of this innovative feature remains undisclosed at this moment.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp has addressed a notable concern in a recent blog post, shedding light on the privacy implications of its calling feature. While the peer-to-peer connections employed by the calling feature ensure faster data transfers and optimal audio quality, users are required to disclose their IP addresses to one another. This reveals certain information, including data providers and geographical locations, to the other participant.
To tackle this privacy concern, WhatsApp has introduced a new feature called ‘Protect IP Address in Calls.’ With this setting activated, individual calls no longer rely on P2P connections but instead are routed through a server, effectively concealing the user’s IP address from the view of other participants. It’s noteworthy that group calls have always used this server-based relay, and now, individual calls do too.