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WhatsApp Adds AR Effects to Video Calls

During video calls, users will be able to use facial filters for skin appearance and a low light mode.


WhatsApp is introducing augmented reality (AR) effects and filters in an upcoming software update in a move to upgrade its video call functionality. According to WABetaInfo, the new features were discovered in beta for with version number, which is accessible via the Play Beta Program.

Although these features are not yet available to all testers, a shared screenshot provides a glimpse of what to expect.

Interactive Filters and Privacy Enhancements

Users will be able to utilize various dynamic elements during video calls. Features include facial filters designed to enhance skin appearance and a mode optimized for low-light conditions. Additionally, the app will introduce an avatar option that can replace live video feeds. This will allowsusers to add a fun twist to their calls or maintain their privacy without deactivating the camera completely.

Background Personalization and Multi-Platform Support

WhatsApp is also developing a functionality for customizing backgrounds during video conversations. This will be compatible with both mobile and desktop versions, allowing users to personalize their backgrounds or hide any clutter. The aim is to provide users with a more personalized and less distracting video call environment.

Updated Interface and Participant Features

The exact release date for these AR effects remains unspecified, but the update will enhance recent improvements made to WhatsApp's video calling. These improvements include higher participant limits, audio feed-sharing capabilities, and a feature that highlights the active speaker.

Additionally, WhatsApp is experimenting with a new interface for video calls, which moves control options to the bottom of the screen and improves their visibility. Larger profile photos also accompany these new design changes.

Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus is the founder of WinBuzzer and has been playing with Windows and technology for more than 25 years. He is holding a Master´s degree in International Economics and previously worked as Lead Windows Expert for Softonic.com.