Isn’t it weird that the stock Messages app doesn’t automatically convert ASCII smiley faces into Emoji icons?
I never understood why Apple neglected to include this feature; I think they should have at least made it an option.
Thanks to the jailbreak community, now it is an option, and that option is called SMSmileys…
SMSmileys is a tweak that’s simple and straightforward. When you install it, it will automatically convert all textual renditions of smiley characters into Emoji icons.
So, ‘;)’ will look like a real winky face, and ‘:D’ will genuinely look happy.
SMSmileys is a free download on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. Try it out for yourself and let us know what you think about it in the comments below.