Emoji, Japanese pronunciation (emodʑi) are the ideograms or smileys used in Japanese electronic messages and web pages. That usage went viral over time. Originally meaning pictograph, the word emoji literally means “picture” (e) + “character” (moji).
The characters are used much like ASCII emoticons or kaomoji, but a wider range is provided, and the icons are standardized and built into the handsets. Some emoji are very specific to Japanese culture, such as a bowing (apologizing) businessman, a face wearing a face mask, a white flower used to denote “brilliant homework” or a group of emoji representing popular foods: ramen noodles, dango, onigiri, Japanese curry, and sushi. The three main Japanese operators, NTT DoCoMo, au, and SoftBank Mobile (formerly Vodafone), have each defined their own variants of emoji.
Although originally only available in Japan, some emoji character sets have been incorporated into Unicode, allowing them to be used elsewhere as well. As a result, some phones such as the Windows Phone and the iPhone lines allow access to the symbols without requiring a Japanese carrier. Emoji have also started appearing in emailing services such as Gmail.
Android devices support emoji differently depending on the operating system version. Google added native emoji support to the Google Keyboard in November 2013 for devices running Android 4.4 and later. Several third-party messaging and keyboard applications (such as SwiftKey) for Android operating system phones also provide plugins that allow the use of emoji.
imoji is a new App straight from San Francisco allowing you to further customize emoji’s.
It’s an App that allows users to turn any picture into a sticker for texting. Which means you can choose your selfies, favourite pictures from web or trending pictures into stickers for texting.
The App offers simple tools to zoom, crop and finally cut out the image with a pair of virtual scissors so it appears like a real emoji or sticker and the same can be used everywhere.
The trend has caught up real quick as we’ve seen a young crowd already sharing their custom imoji’s with friends and on social platforms.
The App is currently available on iPhone, the creators are working on Android version. They also have plans to add more social features like the ability to favourite content.
Team eXi wishes them success in their journey.
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