WhatsApp takes another leaf from Telegram's book

In the world of messaging apps, WhatsApp is not usually a leader when it comes to creativity and better features. However, the developers are constantly trying to improve to further enhance the experience and make it better. Since, WhatsApp is the most popular instant messaging app, it is not necessary for them to make changes every now and then. Recently, WhatsApp came up with new update that enable users to control the play back speed of voice messages before sending it. The company also made changes to its disappearing messages. According to WABetaInfo, after getting huge success on the implementation of stickers, WhatsApp is now working on making it even simpler to add stickers to chats.

Whenever, users tapped on the emoji or sticker button present on the left in the compose section, they get to write a word like sad, happy, love, sorry and stickers tend to appear relevant to the word, but now WhatsApp is attempting to recommend stickers depending on the first word they type in the text box. This way, a new touch will be there in the emoji shortcut with recommendations. These small changes tend to improve the overall experience of messaging on WhatsApp. Once the emoji button is clicked, the keyboard will disappear leaving space for set of stickers from the sticker bundles that are connected to what is typed in the text box.

WABetaInfo was able to unlock this function in a forthcoming variant of WhatsApp but it is not available to the general public yet. The suggestions are limited to first-party sticker packs as mentioned by the company, however, third-party developers verified that they can easily introduce emoji with stickers.

Competing devices have had equivalent functionality for a long time. Say for example, Telegram suggests stickers depending on the emoji users use in the compose box. As WhatsApp is still maintained at default messenger system that has been used by a huge amount of people all over world, so it is a great initiative by WhatsApp to start matching up with competitors.

WhatsApp supported stickers after a long time when every other messaging app has started introducing it. The support for sticker packs were limited initially but now the company has extended its reach and support stickers that comes with different links. Updating the sticker section was also a responsibility to keep up with the world. The sticker addition increase user engagement to many folds.

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