Emoji on android

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  1. maflynn Moderator

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    Back when I owned a Nexus and then Droid, I could not send or receive emoji. Is this still the case on android? Do any android phones support this yet or is it completely proprietary to iOS?
     
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    No it is not proprietary to iOS--Apple doesn't even own emoji. I think it was even Google who first proposed adding them to the unicode standard.

    On my Nexus 4 I have several ways to use emoji:
    1.) I installed the emoji keyboard. This let's me type them anywhere.
    2.) Whatsapp Messenger app. This let's me use them inside the app--no emoji keyboard needed.
    3.) Handcent SMS app. Similar to Whatsapp--can use without an emoji keyboard.

    That said all of the options above are a little bit more cumbersome than on iOS. In whatsapp, for example, I have to tap an icon at the top of the screen to open up the emoji chooser. And then, after I tap one, it closes the chooser. So it is a pain to do multiple emoji's in a row.

    Handcent is a little better once you configure it (else you have to go through a few steps to get to the emoji characters). But once you have them up it is very similar to iOS--and it does not close after tapping one emoji.

    The emoji keyboard can work anywhere. For normal typing though I think it kinda sucks. In fact I'd rather it not try to do alphanumeric characters at all and simple do emoji. But at least you can type words and emoji with the same keyboard.

    Finally, I am going to see about adding some shortcuts for common sets of emoji that I would use, say with my girlfriend. (Not that she would like that idea lol.)



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    Good news, thanks.

    So if I my sends one of these from her iPhone I should get them if I used one of those apps you mention?
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  4. Tinmania macrumors 68040

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    Yes absolutely.

    If you just use the stock Messaging app you will get them "androidized" which I find horrible (what the heck was google thinking with that one?). By androidized they come over looking like alien characters, not standard emoji. Or, worse, don't come at all--or just boxes.



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    Awesome thanks - I'm trying to see if I can finagle a Note II out of VZW - I don't have an upgrade available to offset the cost. :)
     
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    I still get messages from friends that are nothing but boxes because my phone won't properly display the emoji.
     
  7. Tinmania macrumors 68040

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    Handcent displays them fine. I sent every emoji in the smiley category and all of them showed up as they were supposed to--just like they were when I sent them from my iPhone 4S.

    The default messaging app will not do that. It only supports a sub-set of the emoji characters. Even the ones it does support look like crap since they all have that alien character look. Google really needs to change that on the OS level.





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    I typically use SMS Go, but I might have to switch, and try that out.
     
  9. Nabooly macrumors 6502a

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    I tried both handcent and go sms and I didn't like the setup or the look of the UI. I know you can customize it but I tried forever to find a good combo and I just didn't like any of them. I like the stock sms app more.
     
  10. Tinmania macrumors 68040

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    To each their own. I hated the stock Messaging app. It can't even do pop-up replies. I need that. And without (normal) emoji support it was game-over for that thing.




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  11. ChazUK macrumors 603

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    Attached is how Emoji (and the Emoji keyboard) look on the Nexus 4.

    Some look to be missing but most work that I've quickly tested (also used all of the ones you showed on the first screenshot!)
     

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  12. Tinmania macrumors 68040

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    I already mentioned that you should not use the stock Messaging app if you want to use emoji. Handcent is free. No problem with emoji.




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    That does look a lot better! Things like this make me glad you can swap out what you don't like on android.

    If I used emoji enough that would make me switch. :D
     

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