AI-powered digital avatar generator Miaoya Camera said on Wednesday it now offers a free experience for consumers to create personalized portraits after uploading a single headshot and a set of seven recent photographs, in a further attempt to expand its services to a wider user base. The app quickly went viral when it was launched in July and became the most widely used generative AI app in China. Users were charged a minimum fee of RMB 9.9 ($1.36) to generate standard-style digital avatars when the app first launched. The app developer acknowledged that the free mode may have “some limitations in generated effectiveness” compared to the paid version, while adding that the company wants more users to enjoy the fun of creating AI portraits through this free experience, in an article posted to its official WeChat account. [Miaoya, in Chinese]