WhatsApp is adding avatars, custom stickers that can be customized with different hair styles, faces and clothing options. The Meta-owned chat app announced the new feature in a blog post Wednesday, and it's rolling out this week.
The avatar feature is similar to those of several other messaging apps, including Facebook Messenger (also owned by Meta) and thefeature in Apple's iMessage. After creating a custom character, WhatsApp will give you 36 different stickers that will display the avatar with various emotions and actions.
The addition is the latest feature designed to help bring WhatsApp up to parity with its rivals. Recent additions have included the ability to, create large and 32-person video calls.
Meta's WhatsApp has also been engaging in an, promoting itself as a cross-platform messaging option with end-to-end encryption. , which targets Apple's iMessage while promoting its own Messages app on Android powered by the RCS texting standard. However, unlike WhatsApp, Google's Messages app is currently an Android-only experience.
Meanwhile, Apple's iMessage has spent the fall adding several new features via iOS 16 updates, including the ability to.