In WhatsApp’s latest beta, AI assistants are ready to chat. Meta said in April that it will be incorporating generative AI into its products, and beta testers are now getting a taste of what that’s like for its WhatsApp messaging app.
According to WhatsApp monitors at WABeta Info, AI chat pals versions of the programme surfaced on November 17 for Android and November 23 for iPhone.
In WhatsApp’s latest beta, AI assistants are ready to chat
However, joining the beta programmes for either is easier said than done. While both are now full, Android users are likely to have a better chance of getting in than iPhone owners. Given the high churn in the Google Play beta programme, you might get lucky if you attempt at different times of the day. The iPhone Testflight page, on the other hand, has been vacant for more than two years.
Even if you have the beta, you may not be able to view chatbots yet, as the site warns that the functionality is now only available to “some beta testers,” with the capability being rolled out to more people “over the coming weeks.”
You can play Dungeons and Dragons with the Dungeon Master, get business guidance from Leo, or get a pep talk from Scarlett, who is characterised as a “hype woman bestie.”
There’s also Meta AI, a more generic virtual assistant that’s similar to ChatGPT and Google Bard. As seen in the image below, it’s perfectly content to give recommendations on what to watch on Netflix, which laptop to buy, and how to make the ideal lasagna.
When you start a conversation with an AI, it will appear in your Chats list as if it were a real, breathing human. And, oddly, you may continue your AI discussions on the desktop version of WhatsApp, despite the fact that this is a mobile-only feature.
Hopefully, this beta version indicates that a wider release isn’t far off. But for now, if you’re in the beta, enjoy this early taste of Meta’s future vision.