Coming soon in WhatsApp: Bitmoji-like 3D avatars

WhatsApp goes after Snapchat and iPhone: it gets 3D avatars. The Bitmoji-like avatars of Facebook in this case will soon make the crossing to the messenger. Not surprising, because Facebook and WhatsApp both fall under the umbrella of Meta.

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An avatar is usually available as a still image to create a digital version of yourself (or some other representation), but with 3D avatars within social media you can often do a little more. You can let them express all kinds of emotions and on Snapchat, for example, it is very normal to respond to a chat message with a Bitmoji. Snapchat even suggests Bitmoji as you type to spice up your response.

Admittedly, it’s cool that it exists. It’s fun to make a Bitmoji that looks as good as possible and you can also adjust them to taste, if you’ve been to the hairdresser or are, for example, completely in the Christmas spirit and want to show it off with a good Christmas sweater. But most of all, it’s nice that they help you express an emotion that may be difficult to put into words.

3D avatars on WhatsApp

At the moment, the function of 3D avatars is being tested in the test version of WhatsApp on Android. The idea is that you can create and use your own avatar, as you are used to from other social media. WABetaInfo encountered the function in the beta version of WhatsApp (number 2.22.23.9). If you have access, you will see the ‘Avatar’ category in the Settings menu where you can put together a virtual version of yourself entirely to taste. Meta then generates a lot of stickers with your digital image on it and you can use them like you use stickers in WhatsApp.

It is the same kind of avatar as we know from Facebook and Instagram. Recently, they have received a major facelift, making them look just that little bit more detailed and attractive. These are all ways to get us more and more towards the metaverse, where your avatar becomes of course even more important: after all, that is your character with which you traverse the digital world and for which you can buy virtual sneakers, for example.

At the moment it is not yet clear for whom the function will be available: is that worldwide, will it eventually also be available for iOS? We’ll have to wait and see. In any case, WhatsApp is not the only one working on it. TikTok is also busy with avatars.

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