Meta is trying to maintain its products across its products such as Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and now WhatsApp by introducing its Bitmoji-style avatar feature on the notoriously popular chatting application.
The report was gotten from WABetaInfo which narrated that WhatsApp will now be rolling out support for the customizable avatar feature on its latest version 22.214.171.124 beta for some Android users only.
If you’re among the lucky beta testers, you’ll see the new “Avatar” category in the settings menu where you can customize a virtual version of yourself.
The customization will work in a similar fashion as the one on Facebook whereby you’ll be able to modify the poses, accessories, colors, hair, and other identities of your avatar directly from the app.
When done, WhatsApp will auto-generate a sticker pack with the avatar you’ve created in various poses that can then be used when you chat to express yourself when sending messages to your friends and family.
WhatsApp is releasing the ability to set up an avatar to some lucky beta testers on WhatsApp beta for Android!— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) October 21, 2022
An avatar is the best way to express yourself on WhatsApp: let's configure an avatar so you can share personalized stickers with your friends.https://t.co/rISRcluygb pic.twitter.com/E5cBNqKEtF
WABetaInfo first spotted the feature when it was rolled out to users this past month but it was unclear when WhatsApp will release a stable version of the feature on all Android-based platforms or even iOS for that matter.
Meta also didn’t immediately respond to requests for comments.
For the records, the feature was first introduced to Messenger and the News Feed as far back as 2019 before it became available on Facebook comments and stories a year later.
Then the tech giant also released a 3D version of the avatar feature and allowed users to add them to their feed posts, FB profile pictures, and even their Instagram Stories.
This was during the time that the company’s general manager for avatars and identity, Aigerim Shorman said it was Meta’s efforts towards building its idea of the metaverse.