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WhatsApp 2024 Redesigned Interface, AI Features, and Enhanced Privacy

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Meta Platforms-owned WhatsApp consistently rolls out new features. In 2024, it has been hard at work, launching a redesigned interface, AI-powered features, and several quality-of-life changes.

Redesigned Interface

The most notable change in 2024 is the redesigned green user interface. WhatsApp introduced this new look in early May 2024. It added a shade of green to match its brand and included more color overall.

“We’ve made dark mode even darker to make text easier to read. Similarly, we’ve added more white space to the app when in light mode,” WhatsApp explained.

The update also moved the Chat, Status, Call, Communities, and Settings tabs from the top of the screen to the bottom.

“Everyone who uses WhatsApp will eventually receive this update, so it’s not something you can opt out of,” says WhatsApp.

AI-Powered Features

Meta introduced its AI assistant to WhatsApp in April 2024. The assistant can answer questions, create animations, and generate images. It is built into WhatsApp’s search bar, making it easy for users to ask questions and use its generative features. For example, users can ask the AI assistant to recommend restaurants or help plan a vacation.

Meta also launched WhatsApp AI for Businesses. This feature makes it easier for users to find the information they need. Certain businesses can incorporate AI services from Meta into their conversations, simplifying customer inquiry management through AI integration.

Quality-of-Life Changes

To safeguard user privacy, WhatsApp has started blocking screenshots of users’ profile pictures. This adds a layer of protection by preventing the sharing of user photos without their consent. It will also help reduce the potential for misusing profile photos.

“In some cases, users may use others’ profile photos for malicious purposes, such as impersonation or harassment,” WABetaInfo reported. “By restricting the ability to take screenshots of profile photos, WhatsApp can mitigate the risk of these photos being misused or distributed without the owner’s consent.”

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