Microsoft SwiftKey has introduced Puppets, its Animoji Android alternative
The latest beta release of the SwiftKey swipe keyboard for Android introduced a new alternative to Apple's Animoji called Puppets.
One of the major differentiators between Puppets and Apple's Animoji is that it can utilize a traditional RGB camera found in most modern smart devices instead of needing hardware like the TrueDepth camera only found on the iPhone X and later. This makes it inherently more accessible to more people.
Puppets currently includes five different characters: Dinosaur, Panda, Cat, Owl and Dog. You can use any of these five character models to map to the camera of your supported smart device running Android N or later, and use it to send a personalized, expressive message mapped to your face to your friends as easily as typing a traditional message using SwiftKey.
Though SwiftKey is also available on iPhone and iPad, Puppets are currently exclusive to the Android version of the app. Microsoft also notes that "more recent and powerful smartphones" will provide the best experience when utilizing Puppets in SwiftKey.
You can test out Puppets right now by downloading the latest version of the SwiftKey Beta app via the Google Play Store.