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WhatsApp: users will be able to answer video calls with their 3D avatar instead of their camera

WhatsApp is working on a pretty cool tool for its video call feature. instant messaging app Goal is developing an option to use 3D avatars in videoconferences between users instead of showing the image captured by the cell phone camera. In this way, we will have an alternative in case we are not presentable or in high spirits to show ourselves in communication.

So far, the vicissitudes of WhatsApp They are already available in the conventional client of the platform, but only for two sections: creating a profile photo and creating a package of stickers to send to our contacts. However, this new option has been in development for some time and can finally be used how it works in the test version of the application.

3D avatars will be in WhatsApp video calls

Video calls with 3D avatars were first unveiled in June 2022 thanks to WABetaInfo. However, the portal has been revealing more information about it since that date. When Goal took the avatars of Facebook to WhatsApp for all users, the possibility of using them in video calls was not available, but the idea remained in the testing ground.

For this reason, the portal managed to find in the archives of WhatsApp the settings to use the avatars in video calls. The option has been called “face and hand effects”. Once the feature is activated, a privacy policy from Meta appears stating that you need “estimate the location of parts of your face, such as the eyes, nose, and mouth). On this screen, WhatsApp calls it “WhatsApp calls with avatars”.

This is what the option to use the 3D WhatsApp avatar and its use policies looks like. 

Unfortunately, while it is possible to activate it unofficially, the button to activate calls with avatars is not present in WhatsApp. If the developer team doesn’t change their plans, a “Switch to avatar” button will appear below the user’s video preview when they turn off their camera.

This is how the option to switch to the 3D avatar will look like in WhatsApp video calls.

WhatsApp does not stop working on new features

Because calls using the 3D avatar of Goal is now available in Messenger it is quite likely that WhatsApp use this same system and the character reacts to the movements of the users, gesturing in a similar way to how we would do in front of the camera. However, hand effects are also mentioned in this app, which is not in the app mentioned above.

At the moment, the function to use our 3D avatar is still on the horizon and it is not known for sure when it will be available to all users of the app. WhatsApp It is also working on other projects for its platform, such as changing the design of the window with the options for sharing multimedia files, replacing phone numbers with usernames in group chats, and introducing date-based group chats. expiration that will be deleted as soon as their life cycle is complete.

Other features include the ability to mute calls from unknown numbers, a “Newsletter” tool to broadcast information to a limited number of contacts, and an option to transcribe voice notes to text. Although we do not know exactly when they will arrive in the standard version of WhatsApp the ground is already being prepared since the Beta of the application.

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