“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,” reads a new blog post from the Facebook-owned messaging service. “Today, we’re excited to introduce a new way for people to express themselves with stickers.”
The introduction of stickers comes after months of anticipation and some initial rumours and leaks. To make sure that its sticker store will continue to grow, the Facebook-owned application has also released APIs and interfaces that will allow third-party creators to design their own packs.
To use a sticker in one of your chats, you need to tap the emoji button from the chat bar and then tap the stickers icon from the bottom bar. There is there a history tab available to show all the previously used stickers in one place. Similarly, there is a favourites tab that includes all the stickers that you’ve marked as favourite by pressing the star option after selecting your favourite sticker in a particular chat.
WhatsApp says the feature will roll out to iPhone and Android soon. But some users already have access to them, and they appear to be gradually getting pushed out to others right now.
In related news, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton has broken his silence about why he left Facebook last year, revealing monetization of the messaging service was the primary reason.