Social messaging app WhatsApp has just started testing animated stickers for both Android and iPhones in beta.
The new feature is available on WhatsApp v126.96.36.199 beta for Android and WhatsApp v188.8.131.52 beta for iPhone.
WhatsApp currently supports static stickers and besides its own stickers packs, the platform also supports stickers from third-party apps.
To test the new animated stickers out you need to be on the right beta version. Animated stickers work on WhatsApp for Business as well. WABetaInfo noted that this feature is rolling out for some specific users on WhatsApp.
WABetaInfo also notes that these stickers can be divided into three parts. One, with the latest beta update some users will be able to view these stickers and be able to send, forward and star them as well. On two and three, WhatsApp does not support the ability to download or import animated stickers from third party apps yet.
The default sticker pack on beta has five packs – Playful Piyomaru, Rico’s Sweet Life, Moody Foodies, Chummy Chum Chums and Bright Days.
This might change once the feature is officially released or it could also be a conscious decision taken by the developers to avoid too much on-screen movement while you are reading messages.