VIDEO - App Enables Japanese Emoji for Non-Japanese (Disguised as an RSS reader)!

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by razorianfly, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. razorianfly macrumors 65816

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    If you were slightly disappointed when Apple introduced iPhone 2.2, giving exclusive Emoji-love to all those Japanese iPhone users, you may be in luck.
    A 99c/59p application has been discovered which when installed actually unlocks the Emoji keyboard on iPhone OS …

    [Edit] - It seems you can delete the app after enabling Emoji.

    [Edit] - VIDEO: http://vimeo.com/2946195

    Twitter user @Zyber17 has discovered a hole in 2.2. Not just that, but an weirdly-named application currently on the store,
    selling for a measly 59p actually harnesses the ability to (accidentally) unlock the Emoji keyboard within iPhone OS 2.2. Here’s what you do:

    Buy the application, play with it for a few minutes, then quit it and navigate to: iPhone Settings > General > Keyboard > Japanese.
    You will now see an ‘On/Off’ option for Japanese Emoji!

    Basically, we advise you to pick up this app as quickly as physically possible,
    if you want Emoji on your non-Japanese iPhone or iPod touch. :cool:

    ...and yes, the app is disguised as an RSS reader.

    Reviewed at: v1.1.1
    Reviewed on Firmware: 2.2
    Download size: 0.1MB
    Released on: 3rd Dec 2008
    Retails for: 59p/$0.99

    Compatible with: iPod touch Gen 1 & 2 / iPhone Classic / iPhone 3G

    [AppStore]
     

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  2. redgaz26 macrumors 68020

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5G77 Safari/525.20)

    And the name of the app is??
     
  3. razorianfly thread starter macrumors 65816

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    [Edit] - VIDEO: http://vimeo.com/2946195

    It's disguised as an RSS reader and has a Japanese name (see attached). :cool:
    It actually DOES work. I'm working on getting a video up.
     

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  4. efp1 macrumors 6502

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    Your update is not true. My girlfriend has an iPhone and I tested this out and have emoji enables now. I sent her a text message and it shows up on her phone, even though she doesn't have emoji nor the app in question.
     
  5. razorianfly thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Edited. That's good to know. I'm just working off what people are telling me on Twitter at the minute.
    While I have installed the app and enabled Emoji, I haven't got as far as testing sending an emoji-littered message yet.

    R-Fly
     
  6. kas23 macrumors 603

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    If you guys have any other questions about this, here is another thread from yesterday (perhaps not in the right forum though):

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=639576

    I did the same and this is true. I just wonder if they show up on a non-iPhone? We'll see...
     
  7. Zincous macrumors 6502

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    This works! and it works when texting them!

    Emoji is cool! I wasn't to disappointed that we didn't get them, but that was because I didn't know how cool they were, or how many of them there were.

    There are a bunch of pages of these pictures.

    Definitely worth the $.99 to buy the app that unlocks them

    Also I would suggest not updating this app if any future version are released. They/apple may change something in the code to stop this from happening.
     
  8. Watabou macrumors 68040

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    What am I doing wrong? I played with the app for two minutes three times, but I still see no emji enabled when I go to Japanese Keyboard settings. :confused:

    Edit: Got it finally, on the seventh try. I clicked on a article and left it open for about five minutes and then checked and it was there. Thanks for the heads up by the way, razorianfly.
     
  9. TheZimm macrumors 6502a

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    Same thing happened to me. I opened every feed, and touched every link and then it worked.

    Zym
     
  10. razorianfly thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Although originally thought to be the case, the app is not connected with the hack.
    You can in fact delete the app compeltely, and the Emoji settings remain active. :cool:

    R-Fly
     
  11. efp1 macrumors 6502

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    Yup! I deleted the app and it still works. It's great!
     
  12. TheZimm macrumors 6502a

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    Yup, your right. Very good catch. Hopefully now someone can find a loophole for running an IM app in the backgroud and disguise it as something like a flashlight =] :p

    Zym
     
  13. OneMike macrumors 601

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    lol that would be a great find
     
  14. kwjohns macrumors 6502a

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    Here's hoping Apple doesn't patch this in a future firmware update.
     
  15. SkillsToShow macrumors regular

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    Wow!, This is amazing now I can use emoji on my touch. :)
     
  16. TheZimm macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed! Hopefully apple wont take out the fun.

    Zym

    The emoji even work if your posting here  Pound it  
     
  17. Watabou macrumors 68040

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    Yeah I think only you can see it in your iphone. I can't. Here is what it looks like to me:

    So, will this only show up on iphones or other cell phones too?
     

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  18. razorianfly thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Can't see Emoji in Firefox? > http://tinyurl.com/a8bydl. ;)

    No solution for Safari users just yet.
     
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  20. razorianfly thread starter macrumors 65816

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    As far as I understand it, that app doesn't 'unlock' Emoji, but uses Emoji in the app itself.
    The above way unlocks it globally in iPhone OS 2.2.

    You can use it in Tweetie, Mail, and any other app which supports normal text input. It unlocks the Japanese Emoji keyboard.
    The keyboard which is in iPhone OS 2.2 as default, for everyone, but is hidden to those users outside of Japan.

    R-Fly
     
  21. euunog macrumors newbie

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    Well I could be wrong (I haven't bought the app myself), but it does claim that it does in the description: "and the emoji icons can be used in other iPhone apps such as SMS, Notes, Calendar, Mail etc".

    Edit: I saw this on Gizmodo, which mentions both apps: http://i.gizmodo.com/5138107/how-to-get-emoji-iphone-emoticons-for-free-without-jailbreaking
     
  22. Telp macrumors 68040

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    This is awesome. Why don't americans use emoji again!??
     
  23. WPB2 macrumors 6502a

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    This is very cool. Everyone you send this to that has an iphone on 2.1 FW and above can see the emoji's. All my friends keep asking me how I get the icons in SMS and Email. I just say I don't know what they are talking about. LOL
     
  24. LinMac macrumors 65816

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    My best guess would be licensing.
     
  25. kas23 macrumors 603

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    I really wonder if this developer actually did this on purpose (hide it in an RSS reader) or if this was just some sort of glitch or something. I also wonder if Apple knows about this and are just letting it slide. It would would be very mean-spirited to later take these Emoji away from us. If they do, I'll be sending them hate mail (with hand drawn angry Emoji ).
     

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