Google developer process for adding stickers to Gboard

According to a recent report, Gboard 6.5 is rolling out to all after entering beta. The major integration in the update was sticker integration. It enables users to insert stickers into compatible text fields. Bitmoji was a notable partner at launch, but now the tech giant has explained how developers can surface their artwork in the Gboard sticker collection.

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Stickers in this version are available in their own tab and are displayed in a carousel interface. It has categories and search option just as in case of the GIFs picker.

Bitmoji is the largest partner at launch while Google Allo shows up in the Play Store’s list of supported apps. There are other paid offerings from Pixar, Disney as well as Star Wars, in addition to few other free ones.

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To start with developers have to create a standalone stickers app and then use Firebase App Indexing. Forbase App indexing helps surface the app’s content so that they can be shown in the Gboard sticker collection. Once the technical aspect is completed, developers are required to submit their app via this form.

In addition, they can use that link to discuss issues related to implementation that might crop up.

Gboard 6.5 is rolling out via the Play Store now.


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