WhatsApp is rolling out new updates faster than you can keep up. In the last six months, the messaging app has upgraded itself several times. From making the lives of its 200 million monthly active users in India much easier thanks to the Payments feature and its war on spam, to helping you delete messages you may instantly regret sending and ensuring that you have the option to save and listen to voice messages before you hit enter, there’s barely anything that WhatsApp hasn’t done. And considering the rate at which it is going, it seems there’s very little it won’t do to stay on top of the game. With its latest update, it appears to be taking on the likes of other popular instant messengers which are known for their youth-friendly features such as more intricately designed emojis and stickers.
WhatsApp stickers are coming to your smartphone
According to tech blog and WhatsApp watchers WAbeta Info, WhatsApp is coming up with its own line of stickers. It has already submitted v2.18.120 of the app through the Google Play Beta Program. Although no release date has been announced for when these sticker packages are going to make it to our smartphones — which both Android and iOS users will be looking forward to — WAbeta Info has some insight into what these stickers might look like.
That’s not all, though. Apart from rolling out new stickers to make messaging more fun, the messaging app will also be introducing something called a Location Sticker where users can select the area where they want to add the image, GIF or video. They can also tap the location to change the theme.
WhatsApp has updated its guidelines for users
Although India accounts for roughly 16 per cent of WhatsApp’s 1.5 billion strong user base, it isn’t the only region in the world that has the app’s focus. The EU, or more specifically, teenagers in the European Union risk losing access to WhatsApp as the company readies itself to kick anyone under 16 years of age off its platform. This comes in the wake of the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a data privacy law that the governing body has drafted in light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal in order to protect the privacy of its people.
Since then, WhatsApp has released a statement assuring users that their payment information has not been shared with Facebook for commercial purposes. It will also let users download the data it collects in the near future and has said that it does not seek to ask users for new permissions to save their information.