Character AI Launches AI Avatar

Character.AI backed by a16z, has announced the launch of a new feature allowing users to engage in voice calls with AI characters. This feature supports multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.

In the lead-up to its public launch, the startup conducted a test of the calling feature, which saw over 3 million users make more than 20 million calls. According to (link unavailable), the feature has various practical applications, such as language skill practice, mock interviews, and enhancing role-playing games.

Users can effortlessly initiate calls with AI characters generated by users with just a single tap. The company has optimized the feature for a seamless calling experience with minimal latency.

Its latest update enables seamless switching between calling and texting, with an added “Tap to interrupt” feature to pause the AI’s response.

Building on its March launch of Character Voices, which allowed users to hear characters speak in one-on-one chats, the company has now expanded its voice library to over 1 million user-generated voices.

The new calling feature arrives amid user complaints on Reddit about changes in their characters’ personalities. In response, the startup clarified to 404 Media that no major updates were made, but a small-scale test may have caused some users to experience changes in their characters’ behavior.
This development comes on the heels of a report by The Information that Google is working on a customized chatbot platform to rival Meta and Character.AI.