Apple's iOS 11.1 beta 2 update is out, brings a truckload of new emoji

Apple promised that there will be new emojis coming with the iOS 11.1 update, and delivered with the release of the second beta. There are no less than 59 new designs, while the first set was shown on World Emoji Day back in the spring, and included Woman with Headscarf, Bearded Person, Breastfeeding, Zombie, Person in Lotus Position, as well as new items in the food section like Sandwich and Coconut. 

There are the obligatory diversity faces and colored hearts, but also dinos, and even a curling stone for the sporty types, check out all of Apple’s new designs above. …


Download this: Apple Music's Facebook bot suggests songs based on emoji

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Facebook and Apple have teamed up to bring a new, emoji-filled music recommendation feature to Facebook Messenger.

The Facebook messaging app was updated this week with an Apple Music bot that can recommend songs and playlists based on emoji.

The new bot surfaces music recommendations based on your preferences — or whatever emoji you happen to be feeling that day. Send the bot an emoji and get back a selection of albums or playlists that match up.

Some emoji tend to work better than others — I had more luck with 🎉 than 💩 — but the feature seems to do a decent job overall at guessing relevant music.  Read more…

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WhatsApp creates its own Apple-esque Emoji

Ever since WhatsApp allowed users to add emoji to messages, the messaging app offered Apple’s inventory of emoji. Regardless of whether the app was being used over iOS, Android or the web, WhatsApp users wanting to spice up a message using emoji would find themselves picking from the same universe of characters that iOS users select from. But that apparently is going to change. 

A beta version of WhatsApp was released on Monday and it includes WhatsApp’s first very own unique set of emoji. And while it is considered exclusive to WhatsApp, there are quite a few similarities to the set …

SwiftKey for iOS updated with emoji prediction, new themes and languages

SwiftKey, the popular keyboard app, is getting new features in the most recent update released on App Store. If you own an iPhone, iPad or an iPod touch, you’ll benefit from all the improvements added to SwiftKey today.

The newest SwiftKey app comes with several new themes, 8 to be more precise, 15 new languages, as well as a couple of improvements to 3D Touch. On top of that, the app should now allow users to find the emoji they want faster than ever.

Apparently, there’s a new emoji prediction panel available in SwiftKey for iOS, which shows up when you tap on the regular emoji key. …

Kayak's emoji search function brings the speed and fun of texting to travel

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Travel should be fun, not a hellish slog through dystopian security checkpoints and zombie-service employees with penal institution levels of charm. 

That’s why Kayak’s decision to add a bit of whimsy into the travel process by adding an emoji search function is more than welcome. 

If you’re not emoji fluent, this is the perfect excuse to step up your emoji game and learn about some of the more obscure symbols hiding in your texting arsenal. 

The function doesn’t work for all cities yet, but the first cities included are New York (🗽), Tokyo (🍣  sushi!), Chicago (🐇  O’Hare Airport), Dublin, Ireland (☘️ ), Las Vegas (slots! 🎰 ), Easter Island (🗿 ), Amsterdam (🚨 red light, get it?), Los Angeles, San Francisco (📱 yep, that’s a smartphone), and Toronto (🍁 ).  Read more…

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Gboard for Android gets even smarter in latest update, can now recognize hand-drawn emoji

Google’s Gboard is one of the most popular keyboards on Android and iOS, and for good reasons. Backed by the company’s mighty search engine and the wits of its ever-evolving machine learning tech, Gboard is already one of the smartest keyboards around, but it gets even smarter in the latest update (now rolling out on Google Play). Some of the new features introduced in the update are aimed at cutting down typing time and making the app more efficient, while others are simply there for fun. So, let’s see what’s changed.

On the “creative” front, version 6.3 …

The old Android "blob" emoji: do you like them?

So, among the many new things in Android O, we will get another refresh of the way emoji look. For years now, stock Android’s emoticons have retained a unique, blob-like shape, keeping them similar to the Android mascot’s head. However, the “blob emoji” aren’t really loved by users, often referred to as ugly.

Major manufacturers that use Android as their phone’s operating system are always eager to replace the emoji with their own set. Basically, the blob heads are only present on Google’s Pixel and Nexus phones, as well as the few phones out there that run vanilla …

Google will finally replace the terrible blob emoji with not-so-terrible ones in Android O

There are different styles of emoji, but none look as freaky and weird as Google’s blobs. The Android emoji shaped like strange, thumb-people evoke the opposite of the cheerful feeling one gets when looking at other emoji. Not just that, they are completely misguiding: emojis sent from other platforms convey one feeling, and when you receive them on an Android device and see a completely different melted blob, you may simply fail to understand the message. The Android emoji are simply wrong.
And finally, Google has realized this too: it is …

Why does Samsung insist on making its emoji so awful?

With the Galaxy S8’s unveiling yesterday, we got to take a good look at Samsung’s latest UI refresh. Even though most of what we’ve seen so far is pretty good-looking, one particular problem sticks out like a sore thumb – the emoji are still abhorrent.

These are simply terrible – they feature the very same faux-3D effect that was so prevalent in mid-00’s graphic design, even though the rest of Samsung Experience, formerly known as TouchWiz, moved to flat, more stylish design a long time ago. But it’s not just that – while we wouldn’t go …

Telegram scores end-to-end encrypted voice-calling, uses emoji for key verification

Popular messaging app Telegram, which is often lauded as one of the more secure messaging platforms out there, has just scored an oft-requested feature that will likely appeal to its numerous fans – voice calls. Well, at least in some parts of the world: the feature is currently out in Western Europe, but the rest of the world will be getting these very soon. 

Similar to Telegram’s messaging philosophy, voice calls also heavily rely on the end-to-end encryption that aims to eliminate man-in-the middle attacks and gets employed in Telegram’s Secret …