By Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2015
WatchOS 2 expands availability of emoji on your Apple Watch with more than two-dozen newly added, fully animated hand symbols and smileys.
The new smileys and hands let you convey your feelings and express emotions more precisely than before. Some of the new emoji support changing colors between yellow and red by way of pressing firmly on the screen. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 18, 2015
Right on cue, makers of the popular SwiftKey software keyboard for iPhones, iPads and iPods today rolled out a new feature designed to provide a valuable insight into which emoji symbols you use the most as your unique writing style and the emoji you use more than other people.
The app will even tell you which US state most reflects your emoji use. Called Emoji Insights, the new typing statistics shows you detailed highlights of your emoji use. Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 17, 2015
LINE launched a new app for iOS today called ‘Emoji Keyboard.’ As the name suggests, it’s a free keyboard app with over 3,000 new and unique Stickers & Emoji that will help you “experience a more exciting and lively chat with friends and loved ones.”
For those who aren’t familiar with LINE, it’s an insanely popular Japanese messaging app. It has more than 500 million users, which are mostly in Asia, but it’s hoping its Emoji Keyboard will help make inroads into the United States and other countries. Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 17, 2015
On Wednesday, the Unicode Consortium released Unicode 8, the next major update to the Unicode Standard. The Standard defines things like special characters and emoji, which many manufacturers, including Apple, use in their software.
Unicode 8 introduces nearly 8,000 new characters, including letters to support new languages and six new scripts. Perhaps more interesting, to us anyway, is that it also includes 37 new emoji and 5 emoji modifiers for various skin colors. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on May 17, 2015
If you regularly use the emoji keyboard on iOS, then you’ve no doubt experienced the issue that causes your keyboard to revert to another input method.
This problem generally arrises when doing one of two things: after tapping send in a chat app like the Messages app, and on first keyboard activation when the current input mode is emoji.
If you’re unfamiliar with the issue, it’s a little difficult to describe without actually showing you. Check out our video demonstrations, which shows you how LockEmoji—a free new jailbreak tweak released on Cydia—tackles this issue. Read More
By Cody Lee on May 16, 2015
The Apple Watch is changing the way a lot of people communicate with each other, thanks to features like Digital Touch. It even handles emojis a bit differently, allowing you to choose from a wide variety of animated images to help you get your point across quickly.
In fact, as German site Giga Apple points out, there are 153 different animated emojis you can choose from on Apple Watch, ranging from yellow and red faces to hearts and hand gestures. They can all be accessed via Messages, and can be customized to fit any context. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 3, 2015
American model and activist Christy Turlington-Burns has posted her third blog entry about on Apple’s website, revealing a few previously unknown tidbits about the Apple Watch.
The finding that caught my attention deals with Force Touch, a technology involving pressure-sensitive electrodes around the display that can distinguish between a touch and a press to show hidden options.
Among other things, it’s possible to use Force Touch to easily change the color of animated emoji in instant messages. Read More
By Jake Smith on Feb 23, 2015
Apple has included diverse emojis into OS X 10.10.3 beta 2 and iOS 8.3 beta 2 that were just seeded to developers on Monday.
Emojis have exploded in popularity after being released within iOS 5, as they’re seen as a quick way to show expression. With the change within the new betas, more ethnicities are now being supported, along with 32 new country flags. Read More
By Jake Smith on Feb 6, 2015
Apple is bringing several enhancements to emojis in OS X 10.10.3, as placeholder emojis indicate we may see more diverse characters when the update is released to the public in the coming months.
Following word from the Unicode Consortium in March of 2014 that more diverse emojis are coming, there are now multiple versions of the same emoji character under a sub-menu.
Given the beta state of OS X 10.10.3, the menu is currently non-functional, but it does show the selected emoji followed by five instances of the emoji paired with a number one inside a black box, MacRumors first noted. This indicates we may see different skin tones for the “man” emoji and others. Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Jun 30, 2014
As if there weren’t already enough ways to communicate with others, this month has now been witness to two different outside of the box messaging platforms. The first was a quirky new app called Yo that took the App Store by storm earlier this month with over one million users in just days. The two-character app is a simple and efficient messaging tool that solely consists of sending and receiving notifications that say Yo.
Emojli is the second, an emoji-only network looking to replicate the success of Yo from a few weeks ago. Forget text messages, hashtags, spam and trolls, and communicate solely with emojis. Emojli is now accepting username reservations on its website, which are also entirely in emoji. While the app seems like satire, its creators Matt Gray and Tom Scott claim it will be launching on iOS soon and other platforms later… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Jun 16, 2014
The Unicode Consortium announced today that Unicode 7.0 is now available, adding currency symbols for the Russian ruble and Azerbaijani manat, historic scripts and other new symbols. But as reported by MacRumors, the bigger news for iPhone and iPad users is the addition of approximately 250 new emoji icons. Before you get too excited, Apple still has to update iOS to support the new Unicode standard first… Read More
By Cody Lee on Mar 26, 2014
According to Apple’s VP of worldwide communications Katie Cotton, the company is looking to expand its emoji character set to include emojis that are non-caucasian. The spokeswoman recently provided a statement to MTV Act about the lack of diversity in the 400+ set.
In the statement, Cotton points out that there’s a universal lack of diversity in emojis, as the characters are based on the Unicode standard. But apparently Apple is working with the Unicode Consortium to update the standard by adding new, multicultural emoji characters… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Mar 2, 2013
As we’ve said time and time again, we’re huge fans of Kickstarter here at iDB, but everyone once in a while something pops up on our radar that makes us question the wisdom of making it easy for people to build and sell almost anything.
Take TeleSound as a prime example. With a goal of $100,000 and nearly a month to reach it, TeleSound is a little accessory that turns Emoji icons into audio, making it easy for your friends to not only send you silly little pictures, but to also annoy your cat in the process.
Is this uninhibited invention at its finest, and are we just getting old and boring? You be the judge… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 2, 2012
This is kind of interesting. With iOS 6 bringing expanded emoji support, it looks like Apple has decided to do something about the large number of emoji apps in the App Store.
According to a new report, several developers have received letters from the company, stating that their emoji apps are being removed now that the feature is built-in to iOS… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 8, 2012
QuickEmoji is a brand new jailbreak tweak that allows you to quickly access Emoji characters using the stock iOS keyboard. Normally, you’d have to switch to a dedicated Emoji keyboard to use Emoji characters, but this tweak takes on a more practical approach.
Take a look on the inside, as we show you how to access your precious Emoji characters in a more efficient manner… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 18, 2012
Here’s another small but useful tweak in iOS 6 which went under our radar: the virtual keyboard is now clever enough to capitalize after quotes and emoji.
Previously, when you started or ended a quote or ended your sentence with emoji followed by a period, the keyboard wouldn’t switch to capitals.
iOS 6 tweaks its virtual keyboard’s behavior, now capitalizing after quotes and emojis, just as you’d expect… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Jun 14, 2012
Those of you that are really into Emoji will be happy to learn that iOS 6 is bringing a multitude of new icons to the mix.
The ones displayed in the image above are just a few examples of what’s to come in Apple’s latest mobile operating system, which is still in beta, and should be released to the public in the Fall… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 24, 2012
If you’re one of those people that knows what U+F8FF means, or what Option+Shift+K does, then this post is for you. For those of you who aren’t aware, U+F8FF is the Unicode address for the Apple logo (on Apple devices) that you see on a lot of Twitter profiles, etc.
PictoKeyboard is a new tweak that allows you to have a Unicode keyboard on your iDevice, making it easy to access your favorite symbols on the small screen… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Oct 25, 2011
Up until now, the only way to get Emoji icons on your iPhone or iPad was to employ some workaround that either required a jailbreak or an app from the App Store.
Workarounds are great, but native solutions are even better. iOS 5 has made this much easier since it is now letting you use an Emoji icon keyboard on a stock iDevice. No jailbreak and no download required… Read More