Instagram introduces the emoji slider for poll questions you ask friends and followers

Instagram has announced a new sticker called the emoji slider. You use it when you have poll-type questions to ask your friends and followers on the site. To post an emoji slider, you first need to take a picture or video, and select it from the sticker tray. You can put it anywhere you want on the screen, and then write out your question. You can pick from a selection of popular emoji, or choose one that you have access to.

When one of your friends or followers answers your question with the emoji slider, they will slide it to the left or right until the emoji reaches the level that matches …


Check out Google's Emoji Scavenger Hunt web game for some AI action

In the mood to kill some time? Using your mobile browser, click on emojiscavengerhunt.withgoogle.com. This is a scavenger hunt game that uses AI and your smartphone’s camera in an attempt to find real life items that match the emoji you are shown. The time you have to find the items decreases with each turn. When you do match an emoji with a real world object, you receive extra time on the clock.

Google’s machine learning platform takes what you are seeing in the real world, and is able to match the image with the proper emoji. The goal, of course, is to find all of the emojis before …

Google finally gives in and swaps its gun emoji for a squirt gun

In 2016, Apple removed its gun emoji and replaced it with a bright green water gun, perhaps knowing that its actions will quite possibly lead to a broader change in the whole industry. Indeed, recently Twitter exchanged its gun emoji for a water gun, and now Google is joining the crowd. And it won’t be the last, as Facebook says that a toy squirt gun will replace the gun emoji on the company-owned apps, which include Facebook and WhatsApp. Meanwhile, Microsoft seems to be a rare company going in the opposite direction – around the time Apple switched to a water gun, good old MS funnily decided …

Samsung patent reveals AR emoji video calls?

A recently uncovered patent filed by Samsung reveals that the company has at least considered utilizing its new AR-emoji tech for a FaceTime-esque video call program. The patent shows a user being able to use the technology recently released on the Galaxy S9 to create an emoji with the caller’s likeness and facial expressions, then transmitting that live with audio to another user. It seems to operate under the premise that this would be beneficial for lower-bandwidth situations. The designs revealed in the patent show that work on this technology goes back as far as 2013, with the patent …

How to use Samsung's AR Emoji

With the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, Sammy chose to strike back at Apple’s Animoji with its own animated avatars feature — AR Emoji. It goes about things differently — instead of creating 3D versions of popular emoji, like Apple did, Samsung’s version asks you to take a selfie and then creates a virtual, cartoon version of you. Kind of like Bitmoji, though Sammy does it a bit better — we’ll get into that.

There’s also a pick of new AR stickers, some of which are now in full 3D as well. Hey, you can be the Zootopia bunny!

Once your AR Animoji is created, you …

Disney AR Emoji have launched alongside the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

Today marks the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, and with them comes AR Emoji – Samsung’s take on 3D avatars. The feature works by scanning your face using the front-facing camera and then creating a 3D avatar based on your appearance. We have an article on how to use the AR Emoji feature so feel free to check it out for some tips.
But in case you want to try out something different, you can turn yourself into Mickey or Minnie Mouse! Thanks to a long-term deal between Samsung and Disney, you’ll be able to make AR Emoji using some of the most iconic …

Did Samsung get the AR Emoji idea from Apple?

On February 25 in Barcelona, Samsung announced it’s newest flagships – the Galaxy S9 and S9+. We found out that this year’s improvements in the Galaxy series will be mainly in the camera, adding variable aperture on both models, while the S9+ also runs a dual-camera setup.
We will also get another interesting feature in the face of AR Emoji, which will create a virtual avatar after scanning you for a couple of seconds so using the front-facing camera. However, the new addition was almost immediately deemed a copy of rival Apple’s Animoji …

Samsung stuns Apple by partnering with Disney for AR Emoji

Samsung introduced its new AR Emoji feature today, found on its just announced Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+. Besides scanning the user’s face to create a personal emoji that mirrors every movement made by him/her, Samsung has entered into a partnership with Disney that allows for the creation of AR Emoji using the company’s famous characters. That announcement might have upset the suits at Apple, especially because the Steve Jobs estate happens to be one of the largest Disney stockholders. Additionally, Company president Bob Iger sits on Apple’s board. Apple and Disney have worked together …

The first Samsung Galaxy S9 teaser videos are here: 3D emoji, slow-mo, superb low-light camera teased

SamsungMobileKorea has just uploaded a slew of Galaxy S9 teasers on its YouTube page, and just like any self-respecting video teaser should do, these all but confirm many of the key features that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are wildly expected to have.

The first video blatantly reveals the advantages of slow-mo videos, the second one is a dead giveaway for superb low-light photography thanks to the variable aperture that can go as wide as f/1.5, and the third one… Well, the third one is a sign of the times as it features 3D emoji, which would allow users to create animated …

Apple is cracking down on emoji in apps and no one knows why

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Bad news, emoji lovers: Apple is making it much harder for developers to put emoji in apps.

Numerous developers are reporting App Store rejections as a result of using Apple’s emoji designs in their apps — something which the company until recently allowed.

The company appears to be ramping up enforcement of a rule that prohibits app makers from using Apple’s emoji in any part of an app, saying it violates Apple’s copyright. 

According to screenshots posted by developers, Apple’s rejecting the submissions under rule 5.2.5, which was added to its App Store guidelines last March. The rule says that “apps and extensions, including third party keyboards and Sticker packs, may not include Apple emoji.” Read more…

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