Meta’s New Generative AI Tools: Enhance Your Photos on WhatsApp

WhatsApp introduces a new feature allowing users to customize photo backgrounds and styles with generative AI

Meta has recently developed new tools based on generative AI, such as the Meta AI chatbot and Expressive Media Universe (EMU), which creates images from text and allows users to create stickers directly from messaging applications to share in conversations. The company is now expanding its use of generative AI by introducing two new image editing tools for Instagram: Restyle and Backdrop. Restyle applies visual styles to images based on a description, while Backdrop modifies the background according to user instructions. These tools are planned to be brought to the WhatsApp platform as well, as confirmed by the latest version for Android released through the Google Play beta program.

The photo sending interface on WhatsApp now includes a new button, offering options such as cropping and rotating photos, adding stickers and text, or using the drawing tool. Alongside the icon for sending photo quality in HD, three more options have been incorporated: ‘Backdrop’ (Background), ‘Restyle’ (Change style), and ‘Expand’ (Expand), allowing users to resize images according to their needs. These photo editing features are currently in development for Android, and it is unclear if they will be available on iOS devices.

One of the standout features of these new image editing tools is the ability to modify your background and replace it with another, as well as transform your style based on user descriptions. The company plans to bring these options to the WhatsApp platform as well, giving users even more creative control over their photos. With these new tools, users can easily enhance their photos and make them stand out in conversations without having any prior experience with photo editing software.

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