WhatsApp's design may be getting a bit long in the tooth, but it's still among the most used messengers in the world. It doesn't look like we're getting a full redesign anytime soon, but at least the company has announced that it's introducing a few new wallpapers along with the option to customize backgrounds for individual chats. It's now also easier to find stickers — they're becoming searchable with text and emoji.
Animated stickers have been available in Telegram and Gboard for a long while, but WhatsApp has only supported static sticker images so far. Be it through the app's few included packs or downloadable third-party packs from the Play Store, you got still image stickers. That's changing now in WhatsApp beta, as the app is introducing animated sticker support.
WhatsApp's developers suffer from a bit of a delay when it comes to updating their changelogs on the Play Store. Yesterday, they pushed version 2.16.262 (followed by 2.16.263) to the beta channel on the Play Store, but the changelog mentioned features we've seen in v2.16.230 like forwarding to multiple contacts and frequent chats, but didn't say anything about the new feature that was really newly implemented in 2.16.262: image drawing, nor did it say anything about the big emojis we've been seeing since 2.16.256.