Instagram Stories Brings GIF Stickers from GIPHY

Google’s Gboard has a new update

GIF stickers are available now as part of Instagram version 29 on iOS and Android.

The other day we reported that Instagram appeared to be testing out the idea of allowing users to add GIFs into their Stories.

Apparently the world needs more GIF stickers - at least that is what Instagram thinks and it is hard to blame them as everyone else has done it. Because the button is now placed prominently on the virtual keyboard, users might use it more often than when you needed a few more steps to go to the GIF-creating section.

We love the new changes that have come to the Gboard iOS app, because these changes make getting to the GIF tools much easier.

Troubleshooting note: Even after updating, I didn't see the GIF stickers update.

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Adding a more comprehensive library of GIFs to Instagram is another way of one-upping its competitor, which is bleeding users and advertisers at the moment.

If you want to find text-based GIFs, look for "word art".

That's because you can now add GIF stickers to any photo or video in your story.

Apart from the addition of GIF stickers, the company has also announced that it will soon introduce the functionality required to post content with different aspect ratios.

Once the GIF is placed, you'll then be able to make it smaller or larger, as well as move it around in the story. Although the feature has been rolled out today globally, it is not the first time that it was spotted. Previously photos/videos would be cropped to fit the frame, but now users can pinch it to share it in its original dimensions. Any leftover room will be filled with a custom colour gradient that matches the media being shared.

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