At its Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple announced a slew of new features for iOS 12. As part of the Animoji update users can now express themselves more accurately – with Memoji. Instead of just interacting with emojis, you can now send a customized animoji that looks exactly like you. Currently, the feature is only available on the iPhone X thanks to its TrueDepth camera, hopefully it will soon be available on future iOS devices.
After downloading the iOS 12 developer beta, we decided to test the memo feature of our own. Apart from the extremely simple process, we have all enjoyed the various customization options – from pink hair to blue skin, Memoji gives your imagination free rein. His accuracy was reflected not only in the way it looked, but also in how quickly and realistically it took our facial expression. Compared to other apps that you can use to create your own avatar, Memoji has been able to get it right ̵
For those who can get an iPhone X in their hands, here's how to create it and use Memoji
How to Create Your Memoji
To create your Memoji, you need to go into iMessage and open a new or existing conversation. Once you open your app drawer and select the Animoji icon, swipe all the way to the right until you reach "New Memoji" and tap the plus sign icon.
You can then customize your memoji based on a variety of options physical properties. Apple offers a variety of options to make your avatar as unique as possible – such as the ability to add freckles and select from a wide range of skin tones and hair colors. You can also change your head shape, eyebrows, nose, lips, ears and more.
Aside from physical characteristics, you can also put on your memoji. There are many hats, headgear and eyewear to choose from, which are also customizable by color. Under the ear, you can also choose from a variety of earrings – whether they are now tires or rivets.
Once you're done creating your memoji, just touch Done in the top right corner. It will then live in the gallery next to the other Animojis in the drawer. If you want to change the look of your Memoji, tap the three-dot icon in the lower-left corner and choose Edit. You will then be brought back to the same customization options as before to make your changes. If you want to have several versions of your Memoji available without having to edit them all the time, you can also choose Duplicate.
How to Use Your Memoji
To use your Memoji, open the App Drawer In the iMessage window, select the Animoji icon and swipe to find your Memoji. Since your memoji reflects your muscle movements, you want to make sure your face is within sight of the camera. Once you're done, tap the record button in the lower left corner. As part of the new update, Apple has extended the time it takes to record your Animoji – instead of 10 seconds, you now have 30 seconds.
When you're done, you can tap the Record button again, but it will only show up if you have not used the whole 30 seconds. You can then play it once and watch it again by tapping "Replay" above your memoji. If you are not satisfied, you can tap the trashcan icon to delete it and try again. To send it, simply tap the blue arrow – the recipient can then play it from its iMessage window, but you can also play it back by tapping it in the message window.
You can also add your memoji to photos taken with the camera in iMessage. Once the front camera is open, you can put your Memoji on your own head, snap the photo into it and send it. The same goes for FaceTime – while video chatting with someone else, you can apply the memoji to live video.
How It Stacks Up Against the Competition
Even though Memoiji is the first for Apple, custom avatars are not new. In March, Samsung introduced AR Emoji – available in the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus – with mixed ratings. Rather than adjusting it from the beginning as you do with Memoji, AR Emoji lays the foundation for using your selfies. You can then change it based on skin tone, hair color, eye color and outfit. In particular, we felt that our product looked inaccurate and did not allow much customization to make it look more realistic. Our facial expressions and tongue movements seemed a bit impractical.
Apple's new feature can also be compared to Bitmoji – which does not reflect facial expressions, but can be used to create an avatar that looks exactly like you. Aside from being able to use it on all platforms and devices (rather than being limited to the iPhone X or the Samsung Galaxy S9), there are also deeper customization options. As part of its update in February, Bitmoji Deluxe made it possible to change from different hair treatments to small details such as forehead, cheeks or eye wrinkles – which meant it took us hours to create our bitmoji.
With Memoji, we found the feature had the right amount of customization and enjoyed creating it. Not only is the process simple, but there are enough choices to be satisfied with the way it looks (without thinking it over) and excited to actually send it to people. We also value the attention to detail by not only precisely capturing our facial expressions, but also the way our hair swayed from side to side as we slightly moved our heads.
Even though the entire Animoji family consists only of talking brains, we wish Memoji's body to go with it. When we use AR Emoji and Bitmoji, we can express a bit more by hand gestures and it makes our avatars so much livelier and funnier. In addition, it would be nice to be able to adjust outfits in addition to the facial features.