WhatsApp Finally Rolling Out Animated Stickers

Reports have emerged that WhatsApp has began the testing of Animated stickers. Just as earlier reported, the new feature is only available in the beta version. This shows that we the feature might come sooner than expected.

First spotted by WABetainfo, the company has begun testing it on beta version for Android (v2.20.194.7) and iOS (v2.20.70.26). If you interested in the above-mentioned version, you need to enrol in the beta program on the app stores.

Animated Stickers: We We Expect?

As per the update, the feature allegedly has three parts that will activate the animated stickers. The latest beta, however, has enabled only the first part where users can view animated stickers.

Since the company is reported to roll out this feature to selected users, few users might not see the feature inside the app despite being on the latest beta. The other two parts include the ability to import third-party stickers and download a few from the WhatsApp store.

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While the other two features might take time to trickle down to the beta, stable versions will have to wait for a while to get them. Further, the beta doesn’t have sticker looping. This means users who get it will have to tap on it every time to play the animation. Also, there is no info if WhatsApp will be looping the animations in future versions.

Recall that company was earlier rumored to bring this feature to take on Telegram. But, it was working more on bringing Payments, multi-device access and more.

More Emphasis On First And Third-Party Developers

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Reports say that only a few users were able to send animated stickers. And if the receiver has the first part enabled on his beta, he might be able to read, save, and forward them on receiving it from a creator. Further, AndroidPolice has reported that the new beta version has five default animated sticker packs. Those are Playful Piyomaru, Rico’s Sweet Life, Moody Foodies, Chummy Chum Chums, and Bright Days.

That being said, sending animated stickers is not really a common thing and limited to a few creators as of now. Hence, if you are on the beta version and receive one, consider yourself lucky.

Download The Version And Test It Now

Others can either download the APK externally and try their luck. Alternatively, you could just wait it out. The messenger is working to get third-party developers for a wider rollout and avoid bugs like the one that was recently found on its invitation codes.


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