Meta Cringey’s avatars are finally heading to WhatsApp

A phone with a set of stickers for WhatsApp avatars next to several characters with big heads wearing various clothing options.

Meta avatars trending to WhatsApp, although not cross-connect with other Meta apps that also feature avatars.
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Meta has taken its famous (in)avatars from the “metaverse” and is dropping them into its social apps, hoping that the cartoon versions of people’s characters will generate enough interest in the company’s company. Tag a metaverse project. After adding to Instagram, Facebook and Messenger, the company is finally here to “No tricks” The WhatsApp.

On Wednesday, the company got involved blog post Announcing the arrival of Meta Avatars on WhatsApp, though the company did not reveal when. Release is still relatively sparse, but the system promises that avatars can be built from “billions of combinations” of hairstyles, facial features, and outfits. Just like in other apps, avatars can be used as users’ profile pictures or in stickers used when messaging. The features were first mentioned in June before WaBetaInfoas noted before Techcrunch.

Mark Zuckerberg claims to be the face of all the company's new features, including sharing a little extra tease on his Facebook.

Mark Zuckerberg claims to be the face of all the company’s new features, including sharing a little extra tease on his Facebook.
screenshot: Facebook / Mark Zuckerberg

The company also promises that it will update avatars with better lighting, shading, and styling, “which will make avatars better over time.” The strange thing about this minus is that users may not have that connectedness that Meta seems to be aiming for. The app confirmed with TechCrunch that users will not be able to use the Instagram or Meta avatar in WhatsApp, meaning the two images will remain separate. These other two apps have ridiculous looking 3D avatars from late 2019 and early 2020.

As far as it is shown, it looks very faded. The Avatars themselves look like they came out of the Xbox 360 generation when every competing company wanted to have their own version of Nintendo’s Miis. Sure, it looks bombastic, but in the kind of corporate “big head pose” style it’s harmless enough to be incredibly boring. I’ve tried to make myself into Messenger and I find it more restrictive than when I was 11 just flicking away on a Nintendo Wii to make a face look like a train tunnel.

Trying to analyze Meta is sometimes like looking in a fun house mirror. Look at him from one side, and he will be greeted Wide application empire Which includes some of the most popular social platforms around the world, including Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Take a few steps to the right and look at the company from the other direction, and you’ll see a startup-like desperate drive to force shared digital spaces, AKA metaverse, into common use.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has He had to justify his expansion into the metaverse With shareholders, what avatars are a key aspect of connecting users to a shared digital space, at least as far as the company has made it clear during its work The latest Meta Connect conference. The company has faced waves of criticism about how even Introduction of the legs For her Horizon Worlds avatar comes as a major milestone. Meanwhile, during a company-wide meeting last month, Zuckerberg explained to employees that the two apps would drive sales growth in the next few years. It will be WhatsApp and Messengerand they are said to call them “the next major pillar of our business”.

And it becomes difficult for the Meta to justify pushing into the metaverse, especially since its employees don’t seem too keen on using Horizon Worlds, according to internal memos he’s seen. the edge. This is particularly troubling, as the company is working through its plans to 11,000 layoffs of approximately 87,000 employees worldwide.

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