Meta avatars roll out on WhatsApp with 36 custom stickers
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(Pocket-lint) – Meta avatars are available to use in WhatsApp for the first time, the instant messaging app offering 36 personalized stickers to try out.
The new avatars act as a digital version of the real person writing the messages and look like Apple’s Memojis. According to WhatsApp, users can create billions of combinations, including different hairstyles, facial features and even clothes.
Once an avatar has been created, users will be able to use these 36 stickers to reflect a range of different emotions and actions, giving them another alternative to typing a message.
WhatsApp says it will continue to offer different and improved style enhancements that will include new lighting, shading, textured hair styles, and more. IM promises to “make avatars even better over time”, so you can expect there to be a lot of tweaking after the initial creation of your own avatar.
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The new avatars are being rolled out to the many WhatsApp accounts in use today, so you may not have access to them yet. You can check if this is the case by opening the WhatsApp app and then going to the settings page. A new Avatar option should be available under your profile picture when everything is ready. It may also be useful to ensure that you have installed the latest version of the WhatsApp application.
Written by Oliver Haslam.