WhatsApp is reportedly developing avatars for its users. They could be animated in order to appear in video chats. In any case, this is suggested by WABetaInfo, which spotted this new feature.
Many manufacturers and applications today offer virtual avatars for users. This is not the case with WhatsApp, but the error could soon be repaired.
The WABetaInfo site, always first on news concerning the messaging service, affirms that Meta is said to be developing this feature since last March. For the moment, we have very little info, only clues.
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It is not known what type of avatars will be used by WhatsApp, since no image representing them has leaked. However, we have a visual that suggests these characters would be animated. WABetaInfo indeed shows a video call during which the front camera of a smartphone is deactivated.
The “Switch to Avatar” option suggests that it will be possible to put your virtual character instead of your head. We can imagine an avatar in the style of those of Apple or AR Emojis from Samsung, that is to say in 3D and animated according to the movements of the user.
But it’s not impossible that we finally have a 2D Emoji in the Bitmoji style, or those of Messenger. Meta indeed already offers to create a character in its image, but these only appear as stickers and are not animated.
For now, WhatsApp did not communicate on the subject. But if avatars there will be, there is no doubt that Meta will announce the thing with great fanfare, given that it is a major visual novelty. In any case, the service continues to evolve in order to improve. For example, it is now possible to modify messages after sending or to leave a group without notifying all participants.
However, the application remains at the center of concerns with regard to the protection of personal data Europe has thus demanded clarification on the new policy of the service which was put in place in 2021.
Source : WABetaInfo