Soon we will be able to have an avatar to answer the video calls that come to us on WhatsApp. This is a strange feature, which will be part of a broader strategy on the metaverse of parent company Meta, that was discovered in the Android beta code (number 220.127.116.11) from the WABetaInfo website. The site claims that clues lead us to believe that WhatsApp is working on offering the ability to add an avatar to the messaging service’s profile, whether or not it appeals to the user’s real appearance, as happens a bit on Facebook and Instagram where characters can be used as stickers to apply to photos and videos.
However, in the case of chats, the purpose will be much broader and aims to animate the avatar so that it appears in the background of the video call, with a facial expression that reproduces the real face of the person, synchronously in front of the phone. The screen shared by WABetaInfo shows a new button titled “Switch to Avatar” that users will need to tap to switch between the live cam feed and animated characters. There are no indications of a possible launch timing which, for now, will only affect the Android version of the app.
According to experts, the move is part of the WhatsApp owner’s larger Meta plan to launch the metaverse, where the various platforms that run it will be able to direct it to deliver a unified experience. In this regard, a few days ago, Zuckerberg formalized the highly anticipated arrival of a virtual clothing store for the group’s avatar, with clothing in collaboration with Prada, Balenciaga and Thom Browne.
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