Some of the better third-party messaging apps, like WhatsApp, allow you to create a profile that includes a picture or avatar. On WhatsApp you can check out the profile created by one of your contacts by tapping the magnifying glass icon found on the upper right of the display and typing in his or her name in the search bar. When that name appears on the top of your chat page, press on it. You will see that person’s WhatsApp profile.
Screenshot of a Profile page discovered in Android Settings
At the moment, we have no idea when or if Google plans on launching this feature. It’s probably a good idea since most people are not going to remember every person they’ve ever engaged in an online chat. A quick look at a user’s profile might restore their memories.