In the age of AI-driven chatbots, various tech platforms have swiftly adopted similar tools following the achievements of ChatGPT, Google Bard, and Copilot (previously Bing AI). Discord incorporated Clyde AI (which will soon be discontinued), Snapchat introduced My AI, and China’s Baidu unveiled its Ernie chatbot. WhatsApp is now joining the trend, with reports suggesting that the messaging platform will soon introduce its own AI chatbot. The latest beta version of the app even includes a dedicated button for convenient access to this feature.
According to a report by WABetaInfo, “The Chats tab has a new button above the icon to start new chats. This button makes it possible to quickly open AI-powered chats, making the process faster and more convenient for users.” Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of WhatsApp’s parent company Meta, was the first to announce the AI chatbot used by Meta AI in September. He revealed that the company is experimenting with AI-based chatbots for a select group in the US.
WhatsApp adds button for AI chatbot
In September’s WhatsApp beta, the AI chatbot was introduced, but it was hidden in the contact list, making it difficult to find it and start conversations. To make the process faster and more intuitive, WhatsApp beta for Android 22.214.171.124 has added a small button to the home screen to quickly launch the chatbot.
The button is located just above the “New Chat” button in the lower right corner. It is a white square button with a multicolored ring. Tapping it will quickly open the Meta AI chatbot. Please note that AI chatbots are an experimental feature and as such have only been implemented on a limited basis. Just because it’s available in WhatsApp beta, it doesn’t mean that the feature will also be available when the same version is released globally. There is also currently no way to reveal when this feature will be available for wider release.