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Messages App Store Updated With Categories for Better App Discovery

When the Messages App Store first launched just ahead of iOS 10, there was no categories section, making it difficult to discover apps beyond those that were featured by Apple.

As more and more Messages App Store apps have rolled out, Apple has updated the App Store to include a new Categories feature, improving discovery.

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Located at the top of the Messages App Store between "Featured" and "Manage," the new Category section breaks down apps into different groups, including Entertainment, Food & Drink, Games, Lifestyle, Photo & Video, Productivity, Shopping, Social Networking, Stickers, and Travel.

Each section includes a selection of apps chosen by Apple as "Our Favorites," along with a "More to Explore" option. As the Messages App Store grows, these categories will likely fill out and gain new sections.

In the Stickers category, there's a further breakdown to make it easier to sort through the myriad stickers in the Messages App Store. Sticker categories include Animals & Nature, Comics & Cartoons, Eating & Drinking, Emoji & Expressions, Fashion, Gaming, Kids & Family, and Places & Objects.

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Though the Messages App Store has only been available for a day, it's already flush with apps. We've rounded up some of the best sticker packs we've come across and some of the must-have time-saving apps that genuinely improve the Messages experience. For tips on installing apps and using stickers, make sure to check out our how to.


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28 months ago

The new message apps are nothing more than GIMMICKS!:cool:


Gimmicks that I love
Rating: 4 Votes
28 months ago
Should've had categories day one but I digress. All these people complaining about how the app stinks astound me. They didn't take anything away from the core functionality of the app. It is all just extra additions to enhance a users messaging experience.
Rating: 3 Votes
28 months ago
Great news! Was worried it was going to stay scattered forever.
Rating: 2 Votes
28 months ago
I can't understand why or who would pay for messaging sticker..
Rating: 2 Votes
28 months ago
The new message apps are nothing more than GIMMICKS!:cool:
Rating: 2 Votes
28 months ago

I can't understand why or who would pay for messaging sticker..

Kids and Kardashian fans.
Rating: 2 Votes
28 months ago


Rating: 1 Votes
28 months ago
I find the new messages app completely useless , but yet a whole lot of fun!;)
Rating: 1 Votes
28 months ago

They didn't take anything away from the core functionality of the app. It is all just extra additions to enhance a users messaging experience.


I disagree. When you throw in a bunch of unneeded features -- especially ones that are visually distracting -- it takes away from simplicity and ease of use. There's so many visual cues on screen it's difficult to know, intuitively, what to press to find what you want. The text bar has been reduced, the send button is smaller, etc. etc. These are all minor gripes, but they add up and detract from the overall user experience.

None of this will matter to those who regularly use Facebook chat and the like, but for everyone else, it's the exact opposite of "magical".
Rating: 1 Votes
28 months ago

I disagree. When you throw in a bunch of unneeded features -- especially ones that are visually distracting -- it takes away from simplicity and ease of use. There's so many visual cues on screen it's difficult to know, intuitively, what to press to find what you want. The text bar has been reduced, the send button is smaller, etc. etc. These are all minor gripes, but they add up and detract from the overall user experience.

None of this will matter to those who regularly use Facebook chat and the like, but for everyone else, it's the exact opposite of "magical".

Uneeded features that don't get in the way of core functionality of the app. What is visually distracting exactly? Those animations? You can turn those off in settings with reduce motion.

The size of the text bar and button don't take away anything from what the app does. UI changes happen all the time in all of their apps. Seems silly to speak in absolutes saying everyone else will be bothered. I never use the Facebook type messengers and have gotten a bit of a kick out of all these fun apps.
Rating: 1 Votes

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