On October 25th, 2018, WhatsApp had announced about a much-awaited feature – Stickers, set to launched soon.
This sticker feature would apparently require less development as well as minimal coding experience. And they would be available to all Android as well as iOS users in the following weeks.
WhatsApp’s Announcement on Stickers –
WhatsApp has given their official announcement on their blog post. It says the following –
“From emoji and camera features to Status and animated GIFs, we’re always looking to add new features that make communicating with friends and family on WhatsApp easy and fun. Today, we’re excited to introduce a new way for people to express themselves with stickers.
Whether with a smiling teacup or a crying broken heart, stickers help you share your feelings in a way that you can’t always express with words. To start, we’re launching sticker packs created by our designers at WhatsApp and a selection of stickers from other artists.
We’ve also added support for third-party sticker packs to allow designers and developers around the world to create stickers for WhatsApp. To do this, we’ve included a set of APIs and interfaces that allow you to build sticker apps that add stickers to WhatsApp on Android or iOS. You can publish your sticker app like any other app to the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, and users who download and install your app will be able to start sending those stickers right from within WhatsApp. You can learn more about creating your own sticker apps for WhatsApp here.
To use stickers in a chat, simply tap the new sticker button and select the sticker you want to share. You can add new sticker packs by tapping the plus icon.
Stickers will be available for Android and iPhone over the coming weeks. We hope you enjoy them!”
How will this feature work?
WhatsApp has about 1.5 billion monthly active users. Soon all of them throughout the world could witness this Sticker feature.
Initially it was available for just a selected section with the first packs being provided by WhatsApp’s own design team along with certain chosen artists (selected by the company itself).
Hence, these selected artists would publish their would-be-stickers, which could be used by the users. But not to worry, WhatsApp has promised to allow all the users to be able to add their stickers which can be used directly on WhatsApp.
More Insight –
Unlike the other social media apps which have the similar sticker feature, WhatsApp tends to take an interesting path towards enabling this feature. It would be as given below –
- WhatsApp, as mentioned earlier, would choose certain artists whose sticker they want to publish.
- The chosen artists would publish their sticker packs as an ordinary free app on Google Play or Apple App Store.
- The users would have to download and install the apps, that users can use on WhatsApp directly.
A full guide on the sticker submission process can be found here.