Adding stickers and emoticons to your text messages has been around for a while through apps like Kakao and Line, but PongYo, a new iOS app from SPCNET Ventures, takes this a step further.

The app gives users the ability to create a customized avatar of themselves and use animations of these avatars to send text messages to their friends. Users can dress up avatars with different clothes and hairstyles to try to get them to resemble themselves and their friends.

The free app lets users send these animations to friends, along with virtual gifts like donuts, coffee, and ice cream. Avatars can even express moods like happy and sad. The company is working on updates to the app as well, and soon has plans to roll out a feature that will allow photo sharing.