Tag: emoji

Facebook Messenger Lite gets GIF support, chat color customization, and more

Messenger Lite, a stripped-down version of Facebook’s popular Messenger chat client, has limited features by necessity; Facebook engineered the app to be optimized for budget devices and slow connections. While the simplicity can be refreshing compared to the bloated messes many Facebook-owned apps are becoming, it can also be constraining — but Facebook announced today […]

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Gboard goes official with GIF, emoji, and sticker AI suggestions, picks up 37 new languages

After tests popped up throughout the summer, Gboard has now officially announced it is using on-device AI to provide suggestions for stickers, GIFS, and emoji based on what users are typing. It was always possible to search for such content through the keyboard, but this feature brings up suggestions automatically, alerting users via the Google […]

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WhatsApp beta adds Unicode 11 emojis, private replies in groups

Back when I was six years old, a teacher showed us the image of an animal and asked us what it was. Several students answered “hippopotamus,” and I was left wide-eyed and speechless. I was not used to being one of those who didn’t know something, so the feeling stuck with me and I started […]

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[Update: Now widely available in Pie update] Android P Beta 2 adds 157 new emoji, brings back some gender-inclusive ones

Android P Beta 2 / DP3 just landed earlier today, and while we’re digging in to look for new features, a few of the more visually apparent additions have already been revealed. Today’s release includes support for Unicode/Emoji 11.0—which was technically only officially released yesterday—as well as some tweaked gender-inclusive family and couple emoji which […]

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Latest Instagram tests swap DM and profile tab positions, add quick emoji access to comments

Google is the king of server-side tests, but it’s by no means the only company that does them. Instagram also uses them fairly often, and this time around, it’s trying something that may make some people a bit annoyed. It’s experimenting with swapping the profile and DM icons, as well as putting a row of […]

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To celebrate 🎉World Emoji Day🎉, Google gives us a throwback to ‘blob’ Emoji

XDA Developers Today, July 17, is 🎉World Emoji Day🎉. To celebrate, Google is giving us a throwback to the days of “blob” Emoji by issuing new sticker packs. The blob Emoji stickers are available now in Gboard and Android Messages. For a long time, Google’s “blob” Emojis were one of those little details that differentiated Android […]

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Apple Teases More Than 70 Upcoming Emoji for iOS and Mac to Celebrate ‘World Emoji Day’

There are dedicated “days” for a lot of different things out there. Some are official, others not so much. There’s World Goth Day, for instance, or days when we celebrate cake or donuts. And there’s certainly a day to celebrate emoji, because of course there is. In light of World Emoji Day, Apple is celebrating […]

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Apple promises 70 new emoji in 2018, such as superheroes, hair, and food

Apple announced today that it will add over 70 new emoji to its 2018 operating system releases, enabling iOS 12, macOS Mojave, and watchOS 5 users to further customize the hair and expressions of the popular messaging icons. The new emojis are based on characters approved for Unicode 11.0, and are promised “later this year […]

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