WhatsApp is rolling out a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 188.8.131.52.
What’s new in this update? WhatsApp is rolling out a feature that adds a shortcut to open AI-powered chats from the Chats tab, and it’s available to some beta testers!
|Name of the feature?||AI-powered chats – shortcut|
|Compatibility?||WhatsApp beta for Android 184.108.40.206 is marked as a compatible update, but some users may be able to experiment with the same feature by installing the previous 220.127.116.11 update.|
|I’ve installed this update but I don’t have this feature. Why?||This feature is available to some beta testers, and it’s rolling out to more people over the coming weeks.|
|Thanks:||Rubiokarim and UnluckyTester, for testing and reporting.|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp beta for Android 18.104.22.168: what’s new? WhatsApp is rolling out a feature to view status updates from the conversation screen!|
In September, Mark Zuckerberg announced a new feature that allows a group of users in the United States to experiment with AI-powered chats, designed at assisting people with their daily activities by providing them with advice and suggestions. WhatsApp is now working to further highlight this feature, with plans for a broader release to more users in the future. Specifically, after installing the latest WhatsApp beta for Android 22.214.171.124 update, which is available on the Google Play Store, we discovered that WhatsApp is rolling out a new shortcut to open AI chats!
As you can see in this screenshot, a new button is located in the Chats tab above the icon to start new chats. With this button, it’s possible to quickly open the AI-powered chats, making the process faster and even more convenient for users. It’s important to note that AI-powered chats are still currently accessible to a specific group of users, and the exact date for a broader release remains unknown. However, there are ongoing plans to extend this feature to a wider audience in the future.
By introducing a dedicated shortcut, users can quickly access AI-powered chats directly from the Chats Tab without opening the contact list. We believe that this process significantly reduces the time and effort required to initiate these specialized conversations. In addition, placing the shortcut prominently in the Chats tab ensures that users are aware of this feature and incorporate AI-assisted interactions into their regular use of the messaging app.
The feature that adds a shortcut to open AI-powered chats from the Chats tab is available to some beta testers who install the latest WhatsApp beta for Android update from the Google Play Store, and it is rolling out to even more people over the coming weeks.
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