Meta-owned instant messaging platform WhatsApp is reportedly working on a video avatar calling feature. This feature is expected to allow users to replace themselves with avatars during video calls. It is currently being tested on Android, as per the report. Meta introduced the real-time avatar calling feature for Instagram and Messenger in July, so it is possible for WhatsApp to incorporate a similar feature.
According to a report by a known WhatsApp tipster publication, WABetaInfo, the messaging platform is rolling out a video avatar calling feature to a limited number of beta testers on Android.
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With this feature, WhatsApp intends to enhance user privacy by concealing their real appearance with an avatar, all while enabling them to participate in the video call.
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This new feature is expected to add a fun and personalised touch to video calls, making interactions more expressive. It will also likely help users when they are not camera-ready and want a third option between camera-off and camera-on.
To check whether the feature is enabled for your account, try to make a video call to see if an avatar button is available within the calling screen.
According to the report, WhatsApp has dedicated substantial time and effort to improve the user experience when using this feature. When users opt for the video avatar mode, it will replicate their facial movements and expressions in real-time, adding a layer of realism to their interactions. By choosing to use this mode, users acknowledge and accept the privacy notice explaining how their information is utilised to enhance the service and ensure its protection. It’s essential to highlight that even when using the video avatar mode, calls remain end-to-end encrypted.
Given that WhatsApp is owned by Meta, it’s worth noting that Meta introduced the real-time avatar calling feature for Instagram and Messenger in July. Therefore, it’s possible for WhatsApp to incorporate such a feature in the future.