Earlier this year in May at Facebook Developer Conference, company has made some great announcement for WhatsApp. Facebook announced that it will be rolling-out Group video calls and Stickers on WhatsApp.
Months later, WhatsApp Group video calls feature, which allows 4 people to connect and talk at the same time, has been pushed to the regular build of the app and now Stickers is finally available for download and use. WhatsApp supports Facebook Stickers and users can also download third-party Stickers from the Stickers store.
The stickers are now available on WhatsApp beta for Android version 2.18.329 and WhatsApp on iOS version 2.18.100. The Facebook-owned app was long-rumored to be working on stickers to offer more options to communicate other than texts, audio, and emojis. The WhatsApp stickers will be available under the emoji icon next to emojis and GIFs.
The WhatsApp stickers are limited to only 12 packs as of now that come preloaded in the update, however, there is an add button to allow you to buy more stickers from Google Play store and App Store on respective platforms. Some of the sticker packs include ‘Cuppy’, ‘Salty’, ‘Komo’, ‘Bibimbap Friends’, ‘Shiba Inu’, ‘Hatch’, ‘Banana’, and ‘Biscuit’. All of the stickers are free of charge, unlike the ones available on rival platforms such as WeChat and Line.
Users can send WhatsApp stickers to an individual chat or a group chats – the stickers will be visible to the recipients even if their WhatsApp app isn’t updated to the latest version. However, they will be able to send stickers only after getting the latest version. When sent in bulk or consecutively, WhatsApp will group the stickers into a message blob with four sticker thumbnails visible while the rest is hidden. This is similar to how WhatsApp deals with multiple photos or videos sent at once.
We still have no clear dates when the feature will be rolled out to the stable version of WhatsApp, but we can say that it will soon be coming to your device.
All these development seems to be focused on maintaining the popularity of the instant messaging app, as other apps are trying their best to take over the popular App.