Zoom takes on Apple's Animoji with its new video call avatars
What you need to know
- Zoom is bringing avatars to its video call service.
- You can now turn yourself into a number of different animals while on a Zoom call.
- The feature is reminiscent of Apple's Animoji.
Zoom is trying to make its work calls a little more lighthearted while also taking a note from Apple's Animoji feature.
In a blog post, the company announced that it is bringing built-in avatars to its video calling experience. Zoom says that the avatars will be available for both its Zoom Meetings and its Zoom Webinar products.
Zoom says that privacy is built into the feature as well as images of your face do not leave your device while using the feature. While it recognizes a face, it does not distinguish between individual faces.
The only avatars that are available at launch are animals, including a dog, cat, rabbit, fox, cow, and raccoon. Users will be able to use the new avatars on the Windows, Mac, and iPhone app.
The feature is similar to Apple's Animoji, which allows you to turn yourself into an animal on FaceTime and iMessage. Apple also offers Memoji, which lets you create a digital avatar of yourself to use on Apple's FaceTime and iMessage apps as well.
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