WhatsApp beta for Android 2.21.12.1: what’s new?

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WhatsApp has just submitted a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 2.21.12.1.
What’s new in this update? Discover all details below!

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Common questions Answers
Name of the feature? Search for stickers shortcut
Status? Rolling out
Compatibility? WhatsApp beta for Android 2.21.12.1 is marked as compatible version, but some previous build might get the feature as well.
I’ve the same version but I don’t see this feature, why? WhatsApp is rolling out the feature for specific users. Please be patient and wait for other updates if you haven’t received the feature.
Previous news? WhatsApp Messenger beta for iOS 2.21.110.10: what’s new? The Refugee Nation Flag!
SEARCH FOR STICKERS SHORTCUT

In a previous article we explained that WhatsApp was working to bring a shortcut to search for stickers quickly. Today, WhatsApp is finally rolling out that shortcut for some Android beta users!
How to discover if the feature is already available for you? It’s really simple: you need to type a keyword or emoji in the WhatsApp chat bar. If you see a different icon/color for the emoji button, it means that a sticker has been found!

If you tap the emoji button, WhatsApp will present all stickers related to the keyword typed in the chat bar:

If the feature is enabled for you, you might have noticed that it doesn’t work for third-party sticker packs: it depends on the designer that created the sticker pack.
If you have created some sticker packs, you can start supporting the new feature using Sticker Maker Studio: you can add up to 3 emojis to your stickers, so WhatsApp can finally recognize them!
If the feature isn’t available for you, don’t worry: the next updates will help you to receive the feature on your WhatsApp account.
Stay tuned to discover news and features on WhatsApp for Android and iOS!

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