This is how WhatsApp will use augmented reality in video calls

WhatsApp has just added a series of important new features to the video calls. In its latest update, the functionality has increased its number of participants to 32, began to highlight whoever is speaking at all times, added screen sharing with audio and improved the quality of the latter throughout the app, starting to use a new audio compression codec. But there is more news on the way. According to the specialized media WABetaInfo, the platform is preparing Augmented reality effects and filters that can be used during video calls.

The feature is in development and has been identified by the media in the release of the beta for Android. Although WABetaInfo points out that It is not yet activated for testersprovides an image that gives clues about how augmented reality will work in the app.

Users will be able to use it to add different interactive elements to your video calls. For example, it will be possible to activate dynamic face filters to smooth the appearance of skin or use a low light mode to improve visibility in low light conditions.

WhatsApp will allow users to replace your image in the video call with that of an avatarwhich will make it easier to maintain anonymity and not have to turn off the camera to do so, or give the video call a more fun feel.

The company owned by Meta is also preparing a tool to edit backgrounds during video calls which will be available for both mobile and desktop applications, according to the outlet. The feature will allow you to customize backgrounds during video calls or hide unwanted distractions.

These new functions with augmented reality still They don’t have a release date.but hopefully WhatsApp won’t want to take too long to implement them. Other applications from Meta itself such as instagram and Messenger They already use augmented reality in their video calls, as do platforms like Skype either Zoom.

WhatsApp is also testing a Renewed interface for video calls, moving the controls to a bar at the bottom of the screen. The new design features a larger profile photo and improves the visual clarity of the controls at the bottom.