WhatsApp has recently started rolling out a visual change aimed at enhancing the user experience of its upcoming artificial intelligence (AI) chats feature. As previously announced by Meta, the parent company of WhatsApp, the messaging platform has been working on incorporating AI chatbots. Currently available to some users in the United States, these AI-powered assistants can respond to user queries, conduct web searches using Bing, and even generate images based on text prompts. Additionally, the assistants come with a variety of AI avatars with distinct personalities.
In order to make it easier for users to discover and initiate AI chats, WhatsApp has introduced a new shortcut feature. This feature, represented by a white button with a multi-colored ring, can be found in the main chat list and is accessible via a floating action button (FAB) in the latest beta version for Android. The addition of this button eliminates the need for users to navigate through multiple steps in order to start a new AI conversation using the traditional chat button.
Improved Status Updates
WhatsApp has also introduced a new section for status updates, similar to the Instagram stories feature. This section allows users to view and filter a list of available status updates, including channels. To enhance the management of status updates, the latest WhatsApp beta version introduces four new filters at the top of the screen: All, Recent, Viewed, and Muted. These filters enable users to organize and easily access different types of statuses, providing a more streamlined experience.
While the new filtered vertical list feature is currently available in the beta version for Android, it is expected to be rolled out to users on both iOS and Android platforms in the future stable update. This update will allow WhatsApp users worldwide to access and manage status updates more efficiently.
With the introduction of these visual improvements, WhatsApp aims to provide users with a more seamless and engaging experience when interacting with AI chatbots and status updates. The incorporation of AI assistants within the messaging platform opens up exciting possibilities for users to receive personalized and efficient responses to their inquiries. Additionally, the enhanced status update section offers users greater control and ease of navigation, making it simpler to stay up to date with the latest updates from contacts and channels.
As the rollout of these features progresses, WhatsApp users can expect the platform to continue refining and adding new functionalities to enhance the overall user experience. With Meta’s focus on integrating AI across its messaging apps, users can look forward to more innovative and intelligent features on WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger in the future.