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The iMessage update as part of iOS 10 is one of the biggest feature roll outs on Apple’s operating system for mobiles. It is clearly a bid by Apple to try and woo back users to its native messaging platform from third-party apps like Facebook Messenger.
While the iMessage rollout will offer a lot of options for users, it will come with some interesting localised options for India. The iMessage app store will go live of September 14 with at least two Indian apps, Being SalMan (Salman Khan) and Indian Stickers – Common Indian Gestures & Slogans.
Developed by Playizzon, Being SalMan Stickers is a free add-on that lets you chat with the Bhai popular gestures and actions. While the characters don’t say much, you have the option of adding text below the animations. In fact, the same developer had launched the Being Salman game on the app store earlier this year with support from the star.
Antarjaal Innovations has meanwhile launched the Indian stickers add-on offer access to common Indian gestures and phrases. Of course, the app has aiaiyo and chha gaye as well as a lot of other phrases we are used to. It also offers animations of common gestures like namaste.
While these are two apps with a local flavour, Indian developers are working on mulitple apps for the global markets. Rajesh Bhargava has, for instance, developed an app that lets you add place stamps to messages.
The iOS 10 rollout offers many more new features in iMessages, including the option to replay with images and video which have been annotated or scribbled on.