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Meta has begun rolling out its AI assistant across all its platforms in seven countries across Sub-Saharan Africa.

The AI assistant is available on Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger and can access real-time information from across the web without leaving the app.

It said users will be able to create images from text using its AI imagine feature. The rollout is in Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi.

Meta said its AI assistant in English will enhance connections and provide people with tools to be more creative, expressive and productive.

The company also launched its feature in countries outside the US, such as Australia, Canada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Pakistan, and Singapore, and announced the launch of its AI website.

“We want Meta AI to be available when you’re trying to get things done at your computer too, so we’re rolling out meta.ai (the website) today,” it stated.

While announcing this update, Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Meta, said: “Our goal is to build the world’s leading AI. We believe Meta AI is now the most intelligent AI assistant that you can freely use. To make Meta AI even smarter, we’ve also integrated real-time knowledge from Google and Bing right into the answers. We’re also making it much easier to use across our apps.”

He said the expansion of Meta AI to Nigeria and others will provide real-time information through its seamless search integration in the apps users know. He noted that new features of the AI include the ability to animate images, iterate on them in a new style, or even turn them into a GIF to share with friends.

Zuckerberg further stated that the AI assistant has been integrated into the search boxes at the top of WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, and Messenger.

“We also built some unique creation features, like the ability to animate photos. Meta AI now generates high-quality images so fast that it creates and updates them in real time as you’re typing. It’ll also generate a playback video of your creation process,” he added.

Meta first announced it would roll out Meta AI on WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram in September 2023.