Leaked WhatsApp feature lets users create custom stickers with their own image : Tech : Tech Times

Leaked WhatsApp feature lets users create custom stickers with their own image : Tech : Tech Times

A recent leak has revealed that an interesting new feature is in development for WhatsApp users: the ability to create personalized stickers using their own images.

This new feature promises to improve the way users express themselves on the popular messaging platform.

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WhatsApp is developing an AI-powered feature that will allow users to create personalized stickers using their own images. The feature is currently in beta testing and is expected to be rolled out to the public soon.

What we know about the function

According to WABetaInfo (via Android Authority), Meta, WhatsApp’s parent company, is developing an AI-based image generator that will be integrated into the app.

Unlike typical AI image generators, this tool will create images that closely resemble the user’s likeness. Users will need to upload photos of themselves to Meta AI for analysis, making it possible to create custom stickers for use in chats.

How it works

Currently spotted in the WhatsApp Beta for Android (version 2.24. 14. 7), users are asked to upload a few reference selfies. Meta AI then analyzes these selfies to generate customized images.

Additionally, users can activate this feature in other chats by typing “@Meta AI imagine me”. These AI-generated images place users in various imaginative backgrounds and themes, such as forests or even space.

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Public release coming soon

This feature is not yet available to the public. However, Meta AI has begun rolling out within WhatsApp in select regions, including the United States and India.

To check if the feature is available, users should look for a new blue icon on the main screen of the chat list. The rollout of the Meta AI chatbot is still ongoing, even within supported regions.

Data protection and control

One of the key benefits of this new feature is the level of control it gives users over their data.

Users will need to manually enable the feature and upload their setup photos, which can be deleted at any time via the Meta AI settings. This ensures that users retain full control over their images and privacy.

More AI features for WhatsApp

According to WABetaInfo, Meta is also exploring opportunities to improve user interaction with AI.

The latest beta updates indicate that WhatsApp is working on a feature that will allow users to choose from different Llama models for AI interactions.

Users can choose the standard Llama 3-70B model for simpler prompts or opt for the more advanced Llama 3-405B model for complex queries. The advanced model, Llama 3-405B, comes with a weekly usage limit, suggesting potential monetization strategies similar to competitors like ChatGPT.

Similar features of Apple and Google

While WhatsApp is developing this feature, other tech giants have also started offering personalized image generation.

In June, Apple announced the Image Playground feature, which allows users to create fun images in different styles directly within the iMessage app.

A similar feature could be Apple’s Gemmoji feature, which offers personalized emojis based on photos that you can use in messages, stickers or comments.

Additionally, Google is reportedly working on a new app called Creative Assistant, which will allow users to generate custom stickers using generative AI. This app is expected to debut later this year with the upcoming Pixel 9 series.

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