tik tak announced today it is launching a new avatar feature that aims to help users showcase their personality on the app. The launch makes TikTok the latest social media app to add an avatar feature as it now teams up with apps like Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and more.
You can access the new avatar feature by opening the TikTok camera, going to the effects section in the app, and tapping TikTok Avatars. From there you will see a panel with template avatars. You can try template avatars or click “Create” to create your own customized avatar. You can create your avatar by choosing from a variety of hairstyles, accessories, piercings and makeup. TikTok says it created the avatar feature to be inclusive, from outfits to skin tones and hair color to texture.
Users can also try out avatar voice effects to give their avatar a new voice by selecting a voice style and speaking into the microphone. You can try different voice styles and choose the one you like best. Clicking on different voice styles adds or removes them from your avatar. Once you’re happy with your avatar, you can start recording videos. When you record a video, you can become your avatar as it mimics your movements and mimics your gestures.
There is also a “Thumbnail Avatar” option where you can select an avatar and add it to your video. You can customize the thumbnail avatar size and place it anywhere on the screen. Users also have the option to change the reaction of their miniature avatar by touching various expressions displayed on the screen.
TikTok says it will continue to improve avatars to ensure the experience is representative of all users. The company notes that it plans to reach out to creators for feedback and listen to their community. Along with user feedback, TikTok is working with its Creator Diversity Collective to ensure this feature is available.
“We’re excited to see people use avatars to express their creativity and continue to explore ways to use avatars in more TikTok experiences, creating a space on TikTok for self-expression and expanding the ways people connect and create in our global community.” TikTok announced this on his blog.
The new TikTok avatars can be compared to Snapchat’s already existing Bitmoji feature. since 2016 and has been updated over the past few years. Various updates include Bitmoji TV and opportunity for users play like their bitmoji in third party games. The new TikTok feature is also similar to Meta avatars, which became the answer to Bitmojis. Meta recently brought their avatars on instagram and rolled out updated avatars to Facebook and Messenger. Now the company also allows users to bring same avatar on all Meta platforms, including VR.
While avatars are not entirely new, the addition to TikTok will give users a new way to create content within the app. Besides being a new way to express yourself, the avatar feature can also be useful for people who don’t want to show their face in videos and prefer to remain anonymous.
TikTok avatars are available to all users around the world.
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