By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2016
A new emoji-predicting keyboard from Microsoft-owned SwiftKey, called Swiftmoji, launched on the App Store.
Available at no charge on the App Store, it boosts your emoji game by predicting a wall of suggested emojis based on crowdsourced data, the user’s own preferences and the actual text written in any of the user’s keyboards.
This ability to get perfect emoji predictions based on what you’ve just typed is similar to Apple’s much-improved QuickType keyboard on iOS 10. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 2, 2016
Apple on Friday released four sets of sticker packs for iOS 10 that can be downloaded from the App Store and used in the new Messages app that Apple demonstrated at the WWDC 2016 keynote.
Each of the packs are free to download and include animated stickers that behave much like those in Facebook Messenger do when they’re sent to the recipient. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 25, 2016
Many of you probably already heard the news that Unicode 9.0 became official this week and that there were going to be 72 new emojis coming soon.
Although Apple is likely to add support for these new emojis in iOS 10 in a future beta or release update, they’re not yet available in iOS whatsoever, but in this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can still use them without a jailbreak on a completely stock device. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 22, 2016
Facebook-owned WhatsApp has some notable improvements in the pipeline, including support for large emoji characters, all-new public groups, the ability to share locally stored tracks and Apple Music songs with friends and family, deeper Facebook integration, profile codes, stickers and multi-account support, to name a few.
But we’re just getting started. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 22, 2016
The Unicode Consortium, the organization which develops the Unicode standard that specifies the representation of text in all modern software, officially announced Unicode 9.0, the next major revision to the Unicode standard.
The Unicode 9.0 specification is now available to vendors with 7,500 new characters for a total of 128,172 characters, including six new scripts and 72 new emoji characters. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 3, 2016
The Unicode Consortium has settled on a batch of new emoji characters that will become part of the Unicode 9.0 standard, to be released formally on June 21. The final emoji candidates for inclusion in Unicode 9.0 include such emoji as a man in tuxedo, lying face, clown face, drooling face, nauseated face, rolling on the floor laughing, selfie, face palm, pregnant woman, first place medal, shopping trolley, deer, shark, owl, potato, croissant, pancakes, bacon, judo uniform and more. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 24, 2016
iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users can use emoji as search terms in Spotlight Search to some rather interesting effects. It’s unclear when this feature was added or activated.
That being said, bringing up iOS’s built-in Emoji keyboard to type an emoji in Spotlight’s search field will produce matching results related to the character’s meaning, as highlighted by Cult of Mac. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 12, 2016
As promised, Google this morning launched its first software keyboard for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, called Gboard. Available free on the App Store, it integrates the power of Google Search, supports gesture-based typing, lets you send GIFs, emoticons and more. “No more app switching; just search and send, right from your keyboard,” said Google. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 18, 2016
Hidden within iOS’ Japanese keyboard are a slew of little-known ASCII faces that have been prebuilt by Apple. These fun and quirky faces are great for sending a friendly face to a friend or spouse via iMessage or another form of text-based communication to express how you’re feeling at a moment in time, and you don’t have to speak Japanese to use them.
In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how you can access them so you can start spicing up your conversations. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 24, 2015
The headline feature of iOS 9.1 was without a doubt the 150 new emoji characters available to emoji keyboard users. These new characters are all the rage, and rightfully so, as they bring a whole new range of emotions to the table.
But what about those of us stuck on iOS 9.0, iOS 9.0.1, or iOS 9.0.2? As you all know, Apple killed the Pangu jailbreak with iOS 9.1, so upgrading to iOS 9.1 isn’t an option for those of us wanting to maintain our jailbreak.
Well, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that you can enable the emoji keyboard and send new emojis to devices capable of displaying them. The bad news is that the tweak is still a work in progress, and as such, the new emoji don’t display properly in all apps.
Some apps will work fine, such as Mail, but other apps, like Messages, won’t properly display the new emoji. Developer PoomSmart says that he is working on a fix for the issue, so eventually, we may have a 100% fully working iOS 9 emoji package for iOS 9.1.
In the meantime, however, this tutorial is the next best thing. Watch our video to see how it works.
By Sébastien Page on Oct 22, 2015
What does this emoji mean? I’ve found myself asking this question several times because not all of them are always explicit. The emoji with two hands together, for example. Is it two people high fiving each other? Or is it someone praying? As I said, it’s not always obvious. If like me you’re sometimes in doubt about what an emoji really means, we’ve put together a few tips that will help you get an answer. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 12, 2015
Mimoji is a well-designed jailbreak tweak that affords users several customization options related to emoji. First and foremost, users are allowed to establish favorite emoji, which can be selected from all available emoji. Secondly, Mimoji lets users select a default skin color for ‘human’ emojis. If you’re a frequent emoji user and you happen to have a jailbroken iPhone, then Mimoji is certainly worth checking out. Read More
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