Meta has unveiled a new feature that allows users to use their avatars during real-time video calls. The new avatar calling feature is similar to Apple's FaceTime Memoji, where avatars mimic users' facial expressions and articulations. Users can even swap their own avatar with animated stickers of animals like cats, dogs, owls, llamas, and more.
With the introduction of animated stickers, avatars become even more dynamic and fun during conversations. Users can share these stickers on Instagram and Facebook Stories, Reels, Facebook comments, as well as in Messenger and Instagram's private chats. The animations include various expressions, such as clapping, waving, and dancing, making conversations more engaging.
Moreover, avatars are no longer restricted to solo expressions. Meta has introduced social stickers, enabling users to include their friends' avatars in Facebook Stories and private message threads. Now, avatars can interact and have fun together in the virtual world, just like in real life.
The company continues to enhance the avatar experience by standardizing their appearance across all Meta platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp, making them look more realistic and proportional.
Furthermore, Meta is testing a new feature on Facebook and WhatsApp that allows users to create avatars quickly and effortlessly. By taking a live selfie, the system generates suggested avatar options that users can personalize to best represent themselves, simplifying the avatar creation process.
In the coming months, Meta promises even more updates and features to make avatar interactions even more enjoyable and engaging.