Intel launches odd Pocket Avatars chat app

Pocket Avatars app has been released by Intel combing your voice and expressions with a cartoon character avatar.

Published Fri, Jun 20 2014 12:00 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:16 PM CST

Say the name Intel to a handful of people and the thing that comes to mind for most of them will be computer processors, but that's not all Intel is about. A good example is a new chat app that Intel has unveiled called Pocket Avatars. The app is a video chat service for mobile users that uses cartoon avatars to relay your facial expressions, and is available on Android and iOS.

Intel launches odd Pocket Avatars chat app |

Pocket Avatars uses the front camera on your smartphone to record a message, and it then combines the voice and facial expressions with one of 40 characters making it look like the character is delivering your message.

The app has over 40 characters, but only about half that number are offered at no cost with the app. The other characters are available as in-app purchases for $.99 each. Messages made with the app can be sent via SMS, email, and Twitter. Among the characters available are Lego figures Care Bears, Annoying Orange, and Gumby.


Shane is a long time technology writer who has been writing full time for over a decade. Shane will cover all sorts of news for TweakTown including tech and other topics. When not writing about all things geeky, he can be found at the track teaching noobs how to race cars.

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