WhatsApp finally adds stickers to its popular messaging app. The company said today that sticker support for Android and iOS users will be available "in the coming weeks".
Initially, the app's 1.5 billion users will have a seemingly limited choice with the first packages being made available by WhatsApp's own design team, some "other artists" selected by the company.
However, this is likely to change in the future as WhatsApp will allow anyone to add stickers that can be used within the app.
An Interesting Route to Activate. Would-be sticker artists need to publish their packages as an app in the Google Play or Apple App Store. From there, users can download the apps and then use the packages in WhatsApp. The company has provided a template that it believes requires "minimal development or coding experience".
For complete instructions on the sticker submission process, click here.
Other messaging apps have chosen a different format
Line – the groundbreaking concept for stickers – has a highly curated approach with self-approved label packs. This walled garden approach has helped to curate the best selection of stickers, many of which are paid for. That's nothing to sneer at, as Line makes hundreds of millions of sticker purchases every year.
Telegram has the most open plaque. Anyone can create and publish stickers in minutes, but that leads to his own problems like plagiarism and varying quality levels.
Anyway, WhatsApps move into stickers is very much a Facebook trial] The founders of the service – Jan Koum and Brian Acton – have both left the social network under controversial conditions, at least after Acton itself.
Before the transaction, both men were very vehemently opposed to advertising, games and other functions. They considered them trivial and believed that they distracted the core of WhatsApp: simple and fast messaging.
At this point, their ethical ship has long since been introduced to Facebook by introducing features such as a business service and ad integrations with Facebook. There are plans to introduce payments and other features that Koum and Acton would undoubtedly have violated. It's enough to throw you over the side of your yacht in the Mediterranean.