WhatsApp is working on a new feature that will recommend stickers based on the words you type. According to reports, the new feature is currently in progress and will be available to both Android and iOS users. On the internet, there have been some references to how the sticker suggestion function could work. It’s also rumored to be exclusive to WhatsApp’s native sticker collections at first. Apple and Google, for example, also provide users with contextual emoji and sticker recommendations.
According to WhatsApp beta tracker WABetaInfo, the new feature will analyze the first word you type in the chat bar to recommend relevant stickers. The source also provided a screenshot and a video indicating that when a sticker suggestion is open, the default sticker icon in the textbox will flash to alert users. To display the suggestions, users will simply tap the flashing sticker icon, as seen in the video.
At the moment, WhatsApp is said to be testing the latest functionality for its in-house sticker collections. However, we can anticipate it being made available for third-party stickers as well. It could also be extended to include emojis in the future.
Also, beta testers do not have access to the sticker recommendation feature. As a result, it’s fair to assume that it won’t be ready for testing anytime soon. Nonetheless, the information mentioned indicates that WhatsApp is working to increase the use of stickers and emojis on its site.
In October 2018, WhatsApp added stickers to its website. Since then, it has taken a number of steps to persuade more users to send stickers via the app. The Facebook-owned company added support for third-party stickers, as well as the ability for users to make their own personalized stickers and a sticker search bar. WhatsApp added animated stickers to its platform last year to improve the user experience.
Apple has provided predictive emoji support to iOS users, similar to WhatsApp’s ongoing growth, allowing users to send emojis instead of simple text messages. Since late 2018, emoji and sticker recommendations focused on artificial intelligence (AI) have been available on Google’s Gboard.