Hello Mi Fans,
Emoji seem to have taken over the world, with emoticons quickly becoming a dying tongue around the interwebs. And for good reason; these little icons offer a convenient and friendly way to express emotions.
You may recall that for a while emoji just showed up as lame squares, and in some cases that continue to be the case. This is because the first major phone maker to adopt these was Apple, in an attempt to attract more users from Japan (where emoji first became popular). It didn’t take long for this to explode and become the amazingly popular trend it now is, with most smartphone users adopting the cute hieroglyphs.
So, in this thread, our plan here is to take you through an extensive guide on the Android emoji experience.
Not always supported!
While Android does officially support Android emoji, these cute icons don’t exactly work with every device. Emoji officially entered the Android world with version 4.1 Jelly Bean, but those were black and white versions of the colored symbols. It wasn’t until Android 4.4 KitKat that Google decided to integrate colored emoji to their operating system. Then came Android 7.0, which brought compatibility with Unicode 9 emoji.
This means your experience will vary depending on the device and software version you are touting. It’s worth noting the vast majority of people are somewhere above Android 4.1, though. According to Statista, only about 2% of Android owners were using anything under Android 4.1 as of First Half of 2018. This means most of you can enjoy emoji at least to a certain extent.
Apps with Android emoji support
Regardless of whether your phone supports emoji or not, the experience won’t be as streamlined as we wish. Some applications will get emoji support only with certain Android versions. The guys over at caniemoji.com have put together a table clearly showing where each of the most popular apps stands. Let’s take a look.
We will go through some of the most popular apps with native Android emoji capabilities.
This tool, which has replaced every other form of communication for many of us, comes with integrated support for Android emoji. There is a button on the bottom corner of the screen when you open a conversation, which shows four little faces. Just tap on it and you will be presented with a plethora of emoji to use in your conversations.
Furthermore, if you are worried about having emoji support for text messaging, you will be glad to know the app can also replace your stock SMS app.
In WhatsApp, you can simply open a conversation and tap the happy face icon located on the bottom-left corner of the screen. There are all kinds of emoji there!
We know it’s hard to get people to use Hangouts, but also know the true Android fans out there stay true to Google’s messaging service and utilize it whenever they get a chance, so we just had to add this service here.
Getting to the Android emoji is easy. Open a conversation and look at the bottom-left corner of the screen. There will be a happy face there, which will unveil all supported emoji with a simple tap.
Snapchat and its disposable nature also make for a good emoji conversation. You can even create your own Android emoji characters! They call these “Bitmoji”, but that is a whole other story. The point is you can totally make use of all those happy faces within the app.
They become available when creating a snap or sending a message. Within the message screen, simply open a conversation and the option will appear on the bottom-right corner of the screen.
Still using Skype? You can enjoy emoji too! Just open any thread and find it in the bottom-left area of the screen, next to the text input option.
Keyboards with emoji support
Sometimes you just don’t want to deal with app solutions. All these services have emoji options in varying areas and deal with them in different ways, making for an inconsistent experience. Using emoji straight from the keyboard may be a better alternative. There is a sea of keyboards with emoji support out there, but we will give you a few of the most popular ones to get you started.
Want to stick with Google applications? This is the tech giant’s very own alternative and works like a charm, especially when trying to send cute turd emoji to your friends. The main feature here is the ability to search for these, as opposed to simply browsing through them. If you know what your emoji looks like, you can just type in a description and find the right icon (e.g. poop).
The process takes a couple steps. Find the comma button, located towards the bottom-left area of the keyboard. Press and hold, then select the smiley face. There will then be a search option right above the emoji if you would rather conduct a search.
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Swiftkey continues to be a favorite among many an Android user, mostly for its magical prediction and customization prowess, but it is also great for sending Android emoji. Just press and hold the enter button (bottom-right area of the keyboard) to see all your options.
You are now ready to join the Android emoji party!
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