WhatsApp is working on personalized three-dimensional (3D) avatars with which users can participate in video calls and that they can also use as stickers both in conversations with other members of the community and in group chats on Android devices.
Since Meta, owner of the messaging platform, announced its interest in developing the metaverse, the company has been introducing the possibility of using updated and personalized three-dimensional avatars in some of its applications, such as Facebook and Messenger.
It was last February when he announced that they would arrive for the first time on Instagram, with the aim of moving towards the implementation of this alternative universe in all its services and “offering people more ways to express themselves”.
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Recently, from WABetaInfo they have warned that the company is working on including these avatars in WhatsApp, an alternative set of Memoji/Birmoji (personalized avatars with human faces) that would have begun to develop in March. This option is part of the latest update for Android 188.8.131.52, developed through the Google Play Beta Program.
As they have shared from this portal, the instant messaging application will make available to users a new option within the video call interface that will allow changing the real image for that of an avatar in a future update . This is because the Switch to avatar button is currently under development and does not respond to pressing it yet.
On the other hand, WABetaInfo has reported that WhatsApp will also allow users to send avatars as ‘stickers’ or stickers within their individual or group chats . And it has indicated that, to configure an avatar, users must access the avatar editor, which is already included in this latest update for Android.
This tool for creating avatars would not be limited to the beta version of WhatsApp for Android, but the company plans to offer avatars to iOS users in future versions of the platform.
WhatsApp already allows its users to choose who can see their photo
WhatsApp has launched new privacy options that allow its users to choose who can see their profile picture, last connection, status and the personal information included in their description.
The company has introduced new options in privacy controls after several months of testing on both Android and iOS. In September 2021, it began allowing hiding the last connection time, profile picture, and descriptive information for specific contacts in a development version for iOS.
At the end of March this year, the ‘app’ expanded these options with the possibility of allowing certain contacts to hide the last connection time and profile picture in the Android beta.
The instant messaging app has now opened these privacy options to its entire user base and has also added the ability to hide their statuses as well, as announced via Twitter and explained on the Help Desk page.
WhatsApp users now therefore have the option to choose whether to give access to all app users, only to their saved contacts, to their contacts except those you choose to exclude, or to no one.
With information from Europe Press