Facebook-owned, instant messaging app giant WhatsApp’s stickers feature has been extremely popular since it has been introduced in October last year. But after the launch, no further enhancements have been made to the stickers. But recently it was spotted integrating this feature with third-party keyboards. Google’s Gboard will be the first which will get the keyboard that will have stickers the integrated with WhatsApp. But in a short time, other keyboard apps will also be on board. The reason behind this new development is to increase the number of stickers which would be available to share on WhatsApp.
WABetaInfo reported that WhatsApp for Android already has the integration of keyboard stickers since December 12, 2018, but the functionality wasn’t available on Gboard that time or even now. It looks like WhatsApp is waiting for Google to complete their GBoard testing to integrate their stickers. This new move will enable WhatsApp to automatically convert stickers which are available on Gboard to convert into WhatsApp compatible sticker format WebP. It is also being said that the new feature will reach various other third-party keyboards in the upcoming days.
Currently, the stickers which can be shared from Gboard are first converted into images on WhatsApp but when Whatsapp will integrate live for GBoard users, they won’t be converted into images and will appear as proper stickers itself.
WhatsApp brought these stickers to their platform back in October 2018. The app doesn’t really have many stickers by default, but it allows the users to download various different sticker packs from the App Store as well as Google Play. There is a workaround which will enable individuals to create their own personalized stickers. But adding the ability to include more stickers from keyboards will definitely make the experience better than before and it will be a whole new level.
In particular, Gboard has ‘Minis’ selfie stickers and Emojis Minis sticker packs which bring a list of selfie sticker options on their virtual keyboard. Google had upgraded the Gboard app for Android devices by introducing artificial intelligence (AI) backed suggestions that have been adding new stickers last November.
All this might make sticker sharing on WhatsApp much easier and fun in comparison to the past. But then, we haven’t received any official update from WhatsApp and Gboard regarding integrating the experience.