California: Smith Micro Software (NASDAQ: SMSI) today announced AniMates™ stickers, a newly designed series of characters for mobile messaging available in Apple’s new iMessage store as part of the iOS 10 update. The first set of AniMates stickers available include Jaxon, Harper and Milo – a boy, a girl and a dog with their own social media accounts where users can follow their adventures and even participate in the evolution of the characters.
“Stickers are the ‘shorthand’ for today’s generation of mobile users who want more emotion and personality than the text-speak that has evolved with chat-based messaging,” said Jonathan Horvath, Senior Director of Product Management at Smith Micro. “AniMates characters are expressive and engaging, so they not only enhance the texting experience, but allow users to participate in the lives of their favorite characters through YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.”
The AniMates stickers were designed using Smith Micro’s Moho® (formerly Anime Studio®) 2D animation software. The initial launch of AniMates on iMessage includes four sticker packs, each containing a combination of fifteen animated and static stickers: Jaxon by AniMates, Harper by AniMates, Milo by AniMates, and Jaxon and Harper by AniMates. Individual packs are $0.99, or users can purchase all four packs together: AniMates Bundle for $1.99.
To purchase the AniMates sticker packs, simply do the following:
- Launch iMessage
- Open the App drawer
- Tap the ‘+’ to open the iMessage App Store interface
- Tap the search button in the upper left corner
- Search for ‘AniMates’
- Select the AniMates sticker pack you want to purchase
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