WhatsApp is including avatars, customized stickers that may be personalized with completely different hair types, faces and clothes choices. The Meta-owned chat app introduced the brand new function in a weblog submit Wednesday, and it is rolling out this week.
The avatar function is just like these of a number of different messaging apps, together with Facebook Messenger (additionally owned by Meta) and the Memoji function in Apple’s iMessage. After making a customized character, WhatsApp gives you 36 completely different stickers that may show the avatar with varied feelings and actions.
The addition is the newest function designed to assist convey WhatsApp as much as parity with its rivals. Recent additions have included the power to textual content notes to oneself, create giant Communities just like Telegram’s Groups and 32-person video calls.
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Meta’s WhatsApp has additionally been partaking in an promoting marketing campaign in opposition to Apple’s iMessage, selling itself as a cross-platform messaging choice with end-to-end encryption. Google has been operating an identical marketing campaign, which targets Apple’s iMessage whereas selling its personal Messages app on Android powered by the RCS texting customary. However, not like WhatsApp, Google’s Messages app is at the moment an Android-only expertise.
Meanwhile, Apple’s iMessage has spent the autumn including a number of new options through iOS 16 updates, together with the power to unsend and edit textual content messages.