In a bid to provide users with a distinctive way to express themselves within conversations, WhatsApp has extended its tool enabling the creation of personalized avatars from photographs to Europe and the United Kingdom.
Avatars have been a staple feature within Meta’s instant messaging application for some time, granting users the option to manually create their virtual representations for use as profile pictures or stickers.
Traditionally, users could manually adjust various aspects of the avatar to match their image, selecting skin tone, hair style, color, facial shape, and width. Now, a new feature allows the creation of an avatar from a selfie, a functionality recently introduced by Meta in Europe and the UK this Monday, as stated in a press release.
This new method simplifies the process for users significantly. All one needs to do is take a photograph, and from that image, the application generates avatar suggestions. Users can then further personalize these suggestions to better represent themselves.
According to WhatsApp reports, over one billion avatars have been created thus far. The primary aim behind avatars is to enable users to “express themselves better” during conversations, offering a high level of customization that can convey various feelings or emotions through stickers.