WhatsApp is slowly yet steadily expanding the frontier of what its users can do with emoji. It has certainly had to make up ground against other messaging apps with emoji stickers and animated emoji, but it’s all progress nonetheless. We’re now learning about another feature in the pipeline that’s playing catch-up to something Apple and Samsung were all over years ago.
WhatsApp is slowly yet steadily expanding the frontier of what its users can do with emoji
WABetaInfo has picked up on plans to let users switch to a custom avatar — perhaps in the style of Memoji or Bitmoji — during video calls. This means that people will be able to utilize alternative avatars instead of using their straight camera vision or their profile picture during a call. The feature has been in development since March.
The messaging platform is reportedly revamping its video calling feature in an effort to compete with the big guns in the space like Google and Zoom. And it is currently working on a feature that will allow users to create a virtual avatar that can be used for video calls.
This avatar feature on WhatsApp should work the same way…
as far as customizations are concerned as we’ve seen on both Messenger and Instagram. Additionally, users should be able to use the animated avatar on video calls instead of their own face, if they so desire.
Conceptually, this is expected to work the same way Memojis work on Apple devices, and WhatsApp users should be able to switch to using their avatars on the video call screen. All the customization for the avatar is going to happen from the Avatar Editor section that should be added under “Settings” and “Profile” (we assume) once the feature rolls out.
The report noted that the avatars will be also available as stickers that can be shared within groups and chats. Similar to how Memoji works on iPads and iPhones, this feature could be introduced in WhatsApp.
A screenshot of the feature was shared by WABetaInfo, and it shows that the feature is currently in the beta version for Android. It also noted that the feature could be available for iPhone users as well.
Details about the availability of the feature in WhatsApp are still not known.
However, it’s believed that the feature will be available soon.
In addition to the video call’s avatar, WhatsApp is also testing a feature that will allow users to silently exit their groups. This feature was first spotted in the beta version of iOS 184.108.40.206. The company’s latest version for iOS is 220.127.116.11. It has references that suggest that the feature could be available for iPhone users soon.
A screenshot of the feature was shared by WABetaInfo, and it shows how it will work. The feature is yet available to Android users.
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