SAN DIEGO: WhatsApp has planned to add a new feature of animated stickers to its messaging platform.
The feature first went live on WhatsApp beta version 220.127.116.11 for Android and version 18.104.22.168 for iOS. However, subsequent beta updates immediately removed the feature, at least on Android.
The current implementation of WhatsApp animated stickers is nowhere as sophisticated as Telegram’s one. For starters, the stickers do not loop. Hence, it just animates once and goes back to its static self.
A user will have to scroll up or down again if he needs to see the stickers animate again. For now, as per reports, it is not confirmed that if this specific behavior is intentional or a bug that will get fixed in future updates.
WhatsApp will have at least five official animated sticker packs namely Playful Piyomaru, Rico’s Sweet Life, Moody Foodies, Chummy Chum Chums, and Bright Days.
According to WABetainfo, the animated stickers will come to the IM application in a three-fold system:
1. Users will be able to view animated stickers in their chats.
2. They will get an option to save and send them.
3. People will be able to download third-party animated stickers as well.
The report details that WhatsApp has implemented the third step and is rolling out the first step for beta users. However, for unknown reasons, the latest beta version does not include the new feature.