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WhatsApp code confirms it will enable Ray-ban smart glasses users to chit-chat on the app

The Meta-owned messaging app, WhatsApp is soon going to launch a new feature through the Google Play Beta Program by updating the latest Android version to 2.22.9.13. With this upcoming update, users can start conversations using Meta’s voice Assistant.

WhatsApp is a widely used messaging app, and it's by far the most convenient platform for communication with our friends and colleagues. Meta’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg wants to build Metaverse, and it is part of his strategy that he is looking forward to connecting WhatsApp users with his most awaited virtual spectacles by letting them talk using Facebook’s voice Assistant. Facebook’s voice Assistant is an artificial intelligence-based technology that works in the same vein as Google Assistant and Alexa. The tech giant’s main focus is on hand-free interaction, through speech control, and the company is planning to do so by associating WhatsApp with AI glasses. At this moment, integration of Google voice Assistant on WhatsApp is not yet possible, and the company also seems less interested in this. Whereas, Facebook Assistant is likely to be integrated with WhatsApp on Ray-ban stories, as spotted by WBI and XDA.

Having said that, when connecting your WhatsApp with smart glasses, you don’t have to worry about encryption or privacy. Your conversations and chats will remain end-to-end encrypted and no one can read your texts. Notably, AR/VR smart glasses will not only allow users to capture their memorable events in photos and videos but also allow them to exchange messages via Facebook Assistant voice typing on the frame. Let’s keep it simple. Users have to connect their WhatsApp account with the virtual glasses, and then utter commands, for instance, ‘’Hey Facebook, message Emma on WhatsApp’’. By giving commands like these, your message will automatically be sent to the receiver without the need of holding the cell phone in your hand.

To sum up, Meta’s AI-based voice tech is still under development and not frequently used yet. One can only assume how these technologies could change the way we communicate, both in real life and in the augmented world. However, it’s worth mentioning that Meta’s voice Assistant is designed to pick up contextual clues in conversations and recognize your voice and facial expressions and aims to beat Amazon and Google Assistants by linking instant messaging opportunities with the voice command functionality of Facebook Assistant on Oculus and Ray-Bans.

It’s not confirmed when this update will be fully functional but, it can be said that this will only benefit a limited audience that is using AR smart glasses.


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