WhatsApp starts rolling out 3D avatars – Yahoo Canada Finance Pipa News

WhatsApp starts rolling out 3D avatars – Yahoo Canada Finance

WhatsApp has started rolling out 3D avatars for its users around the world that can be used as profile pictures or custom stickers – months after their debut on Instagram, Facebook and Messenger.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook on Wednesday that avatars are coming to WhatsApp. The announcement follows a months-long beta test first reported by WhatsApp beta tracker WABetaInfo in June.

In a blog post, WhatsApp said users could use personalized avatars as their profile picture or choose from one of 36 custom stickers that reflected different emotions and actions. Avatar stickers on WhatsApp are similar to Snap’s Bitmoji or Apple’s Memoji stickers.

Your avatar is a digital version of you that can be created from billions of combinations of different hairstyles, facial features and outfits.

WhatsApp also said users would get style improvements over time, including lighting, shading, and hairstyle textures.

Users can create their avatars on WhatsApp – once rolled out – by going to the Settings menu. The messaging app is also getting a “Use Avatar” option in the profile picture settings to let users make their virtual lookalike their profile picture, according to details available on an FAQ page.

In 2019, Meta introduced Bitmoji-style 3D avatars to Facebook and Messenger. The initial rollout was limited to markets like Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Canada, though the social networking giant expanded its presence to the US later in 2020. At the end of January, Instagram also got avatars.

WhatsApp has confirmed to TechCrunch that you cannot currently use your WhatsApp avatar on Instagram or Facebook, nor can you use your Meta avatar from Instagram or Facebook on WhatsApp. This means that to use an avatar on WhatsApp, you only need to create a new avatar within WhatsApp.

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