Whatsapp is quietly developing a cool feature that will allow users to make video calls without showing their face. Instead, they will be able to use an avatar provided by the software or even create their own personalized avatar. It is similar to Apple’s Animoji, Snapchat’s Memoji or Samsung’s AR Emoji. Rumor has it that Mark Zuckerberg’s company has been working on it since March of this year.
Learn more about Whatsapp’s upcoming video call avatar feature
Image source: Google Play/Whatsapp
Information about this upcoming feature of Whatsapp is very scarce. But with the small details that we have gathered, we know that it is an avatar feature for video calls. For starters, an avatar is a graphic illustration that represents your profile picture.
WhatsApp will launch this feature soon through the Google Play beta program. Wabetainfo, a blog dedicated to Whatsapp news, shared an image of it, as shown in the screenshot below;
Image source: wabetainfo
As you can see, the avatar will include a new option in the video call screen that will allow you to quickly switch from your profile picture or face it. To do this, you just need to press the “Switch to avatar” button under your profile picture or your face.
It will also have another feature which will allow you to edit the avatar to create your custom avatar. Launching the “avatar editor” is all you need to do to customize the avatar and set up your personalized avatar. By the way, this is a well thought out idea because not everyone will like the default avatar.
But that’s not all. The feature will also allow you to send avatars as stickers directly to your chats and groups for fun. It can also be useful for those who want to use your avatar instead of their own or the default one offered by Whatsapp.
Whatsapp’s upcoming video call avatar feature is yet another proof of how seriously the company takes user privacy and security. It will complement the end-to-end encryption feature introduced last year as an additional layer of security. This encryption makes private messaging through the app more secure and provides archiving options for voicemail preview, vanishing messages, and chats.
Unfortunately, there is no official communication from Whatsapp regarding the launch date of the new avatar. It may be because the development process is still far from over or the company wants to surprise us. Either way, it will be great to see the new video call avatar feature in the app as soon as possible.
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Will the existing Whatsapp Emoji set disappear when the new video call avatar comes out?
Whatsapp introduced a set of cool emoji for Android in 2017. While it’s hard to predict the future of emojis when the avatar comes out, we can only predict and hope Mark Zuckerberg and his team keep them. After all, they’re part of the company’s video call avatar journey, and giving them up won’t be a noble move for Zuckerberg and his team. By the way, it is thanks to them that many people find the messaging app more exciting to use. Can you imagine how boring the app would be today without them?
- Upcoming feature name: Video call avatar.
- Status: Under development.
- Purpose: An alternative to your profile picture or your face during a video call.
- Customizable: YES.
- Release date: N/A.
- Alternatives: Apple’s Animoji, Snapchat’s Memoji and Samsung’s AR Emoji.
- Supported platforms: Android and iOS in the future.
- To launch on: google play.
- Whatsapp version supported: to be announced.