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I don't know about you, but multimedia texts are a staple of keeping in touch for me these days. With many of my friends and all of my family living in other states, you've got to find easy ways to share your everyday experiences, you know? I also text/chat with Stan (my boyfriend) sometimes while he's at work. Sharing the little things just makes your day feel brighter. Today I'll be showing you how to use a free app that takes multimedia messaging to the next level: Intel Pocket Avatars! It allows you to record short video messages as a funny character and share them with your family and friends. Stan and I had a lot of fun messaging each other back and forth with it, so I really recommend giving it a try!
To get started, install Pocket Avatars! You can find it in the Google Play and iTunes stores, or learn more here. I'm an Android user myself, and I had no problems locating in the store and installing it to my Samsung phone. When you first install the app you'll need to enter some basic info (name, date of birth) and verify your e-mail address. Fast and easy! Once you're set up, you can find all of the main functions in the menu screen.
If you're brand-new to Pocket Avatars, the first place you'll want to visit is The Shop. That's where all the new avatars live!
As you can see, there's a mixture of free and premium avatars. I'll be sticking with some of the free ones today, as there are quite a lot to choose from!
To get started, click the center icon that looks like a camcorder with a smiley face. (Happy, happy camcorder!) It'll take you to the "Create" window:
See that little picture window at the top with my face? The front-facing camera on your device will actually track your facial movements so the avatar does what you do! The final result will be free of your face though. Don't want to destroy the illusion, after all.
Hmm, a mushroom. Not feeling it just yet. If you're not happy with the default avatar, click "Select Avatar" at the bottom left to choose from the ones you've installed, or go back to The Shop to download more.
For my first example, I've decided to go with a dinosaur avatar. Y'all know I love dinosaurs. His name is "Vinny" in The Shop, in case you're looking for him.
For extra laughs, you can also change the pitch of your voice using the Audio Effects icon at the bottom right. I decided that Vinny's voice should be deeper than mine.
Once you're ready to record, hit the happy camcorder icon again. You've got 15 seconds to say whatever you want!
Vinny opens his mouth when I do!
And awkwardly tilts his head! Amazing!
Here's what I recorded:
Sassy. Now, obviously it would be a shame to keep such a message to myself—you can share it with friends or family via e-mail, text, Facebook and more using the share icon on the bottom right. Or if you just want to save the video for your own amusement, make sure to click the save icon to save a copy to your phone.
In addition to all the traditional sharing methods, there's also a way to have chats within the Pocket Avatars app. Stan and I often chat or text when we're apart, so he decided to install the app on his phone too.
Time for a test run! He chose the "Orb" avatar, a rather amusing-looking puffer fish.
Orb moves when you do! Time to make a recording.
Once Stan got the hang of it, we decided to put our avatars into action and have a little in-app chat. To do so, go to the "Contacts" section of the main menu:
You can manually enter contacts by their registered phone/e-mail address, or search by the pre-existing contacts in your phone to see if they're registered (or invite them!) Click on the person you want to chat with—Stan, in this case.
Your contact's e-mail and phone number will be displayed so you're sure you've got the right person. Click "Chat" and it will prompt you to create a video. Once satisfied, hit send!
And yes, you can send messages in plain text too. :)
If and when your contact replies, it will show up under the "Messages" icon. Similar to most texting/chat programs. It also threads the chat based on the order of replies:
I'm sure you're dying to know what we had to say to each other, right? Well here you go:
To check out Pocket Avatars for yourself, visit their website or look for it in the Google Play/iTunes store. The app is completely free to download and many of the individual avatars are free as well, so get chatting!
The resemblance is uncanny!
What do you think of Pocket Avatars? If you've already installed it, which avatars are your favorites?
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