Telegram Messenger for Windows Phone grabs sticker support in latest update

Telegram Messenger looks to continue competing with the likes of LINE and WhatsApp for mindshare with their early January announcement of sticker support. Now, that feature has come to Windows Phone just 12 days later, ensuring platform parity.

Stickers in and of themselves are not new to messenger apps, although LINE and even Facebook Messenger have really caused them to take off in the last few months. However, Telegram has done things a bit differently with their iteration.

In a blog post from January 2, the company detailed their philosophy behind stickers. In short, they do not show up in the emoji listing until you type them, saving space. The other main difference is they tend to model historical figures, people the company looks up to as inspiration. It is a friendly nod, undoubtedly clever and a tad hilarious. Even better, since the stickers use the WebP format, users can create and add their own in addition to the initial 14 that Telegram include.

Full instructions and details about Telegram stickers can be found in their blog post.

Regarding today's 1.2 update, users merely need to tap the emoji button (not the one on the Windows Phone keyboard) and choosing a certain emoji will bring up the character/sticker (sometimes there will be more than one to choose from). Overall, it works well, and it is certainly novel.

Today's update follows one just days earlier, which enabled custom notification sounds.

Have you switched to Telegram Messenger yet? It is a robust application, although the same old problem exists of getting your friends to use it as well.

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Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • All my friends could switch to Telegram. I will love that. =/
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    + any news about its beta version
  • Done update... Thanks for the info Daniel...
  • I would really appreciate if Telegram supported 1080p screens. I came back to windows phone after 6 months and it still looks really lame in the 1520. WhatsApp does a way better job at using the screen size.
  • Tell them then.. They have a good support.
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  • Beta is fine providing apps advance
  • How does the WebP format help people create their own, versus PNG, JPEG, etc? Apart from make it harder because of the extra steps to get it to that format.
  • I am sure it is great - but how do I get people to move from Whatsapp?   Mr. V
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  • How do you use the sticker's i can't find'em .  
  • Read the article. Select an emoji emoticon and the sticker will be shown.
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  • I use Telegram daily and appreciate the hard work.   Why replace the default beautiful WP emoticons with the iPhone ones? I find it jarring.
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