INTRO: The Facebook-owned instant messaging app WhatsApp is now finally testing the possibility of adding animated stickers to its platform, a feature that has been available in competing offerings like Telegram for quite a while now.
Firstly, as reported by the WABetaInfo, the feature went live on WhatsApp beta version 18.104.22.168 for Android and version 22.214.171.124 and for iOS. But, subsequently, the beta updates immediately removed the feature, at least on Android devices.
The current implementation of WhatsApp animated stickers is nowhere and it is as sophisticated as Telegram’s one. For the starters, the stickers don’t go for a loop. Hence, it just animates once and goes back to its static self.
You will also have to scroll up or down again if you need to see the stickers animate again and again. For now, we can’t be sure if that behavior is an intentional one or there is a bug that will get fixed in future updates by the company.
If followed by the reports from AndroidPolice‘s, WhatsApp will have at least five official animated sticker packs in the future namely Playful Piyomaru, Rico’s Sweet Life, Moody Foodies, Chummy Chum Chums, and Bright Days.
When a user tried to upgrade from WhatsApp beta version 126.96.36.199 that he previously had, to version 188.8.131.52 via APKMirror, it showed an error. The individual got the same result in a fresh installation as well. However, it was able to install version 184.108.40.206 beta from the same website but unfortunately, that version doesn’t support animated stickers.
Even if you have 220.127.116.11 version, you’ll have to receive an animated sticker from someone who has already managed to enable the feature. You will eventually be able to send, receive, and install animated stickers. We could expect WhatsApp to properly implement and rollout animated stickers in the upcoming beta build.