Posts Tagged: emoji

Emoji reactions hit WhatsApp as Meta fights the competition

WhatsApp joins Telegram, Messenger, iMessage, and more by introducing key features including emoji reactions, larger file sharing, and bigger group chats.
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Google Docs now offers emoji reactions

Collaboration is a huge part of Google Docs, letting multiple users chip in edits, comments and more. Now, you can include not just text in your comments but emoji reactions, much as you can in messages or on social media. "The new emoji reactions feature provides a less formal alternative to comments to express your opinions about document content," Google said in a blog post announcing the feature.

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The new option appears when you highlight text in a document while in "editing" mode. From there, you'll see a new "add reaction" icon smiley face icon that lets you place emojis in the editing comments section. Google notes that emojis used will be shared with Google chat, "so any preferences set in one app will be reflected in the other." Both apps can also be used to update emoji preferences via the picker. 

Google recently feted the 15th anniversary of Docs (along with Sheets). It has gradually boosted the feature set over that time, with the last update allowing you to draft emails in Docs and then send them using Gmail. 

Emoji reactions on a Google Doc could be an easy way to add feedback, but then again they may not fly in some business environments. Either way, the feature can't be disabled by the user and "there is no Admin control for the feature," according to Google. The feature started officially rolling out yesterday, but it may take some time to appear depending on your domain type and region. 

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YouTube is testing time-specific emoji reactions

Sometimes a YouTube video deserves more nuanced feedback than a simple comment, or a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down”. YouTube today is testing timed-specific emoji reactions for a small group of users. Viewers can throw out an emoji when a specific moment in a video resonates with them (or doesn’t). 

Users can also get a feel for how others reacted throughout the duration of a video. There will be a separate reaction panel in the comment section of each video that will display emoji reactions by the moment, similar to features already offered by Facebook Live and Twitch. 

“If you’re watching a video that is part of this experiment, you can react and see crowd reactions by opening the comment section of the video and tapping into the reaction panel. The test will also show you which moments other viewers are reacting to (which will be anonymized – we won't show who sent each reaction). We're testing multiple sets of reactions and will add or remove reactions based on how the experiment goes!,” wrote Meaghan, a representative from Team YouTube.

Google frequently experiments with new features on YouTube, but they don't always become permanent. YouTube recently tested letting users time their comments to specific points in a video and hiding the “dislike” button. As far as user engagement goes, YouTube is relatively light on options. 

Emoji reactions have been hit-or-miss on other social media platforms. Twitter experimented with emoji reactions to tweets last year, and reactions were largely ambivalent. But unlike tweets, videos are a lengthier medium and more likely to elicit a multitude of reactions. YouTube creators are likely to receive more detailed user feedback via emoji as well, such as being able to nail down if a joke landed or bombed.

YouTube is testing emoji reactions on a small number of channels to start but will expand the feature depending on the reception. Users will have a wide array of emoji reactions at their disposal, including the face with tears of joy, a heart, the shocked face, the celebration party poppers, the “keep it 100” sign, a question mark, the idea light bulb and a screaming cat.

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Google’s newest Android updates bring accessibility changes and emoji updates

Google has rolled out its latest Android feature drop with updates hitting everything from accessibility and Google Photos to Gboard’s emoji kitchen.
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Emoji galore: 117 new Unicode Emoji 13.0 have been confirmed for phones in 2020

A handful of new emoji have been announced with Unicode Emoji 13.0 being finalized. These new additions won’t appear on your phone just yet, but they will likely be slated into any 2020 software updates you might be getting from your phone manufacturer. 117 new emoji This update includes a total of 117 new emoji […]

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Check out the new emoji coming to your phone in Android Q

Google has released a sneak peek at some of the new emoji coming to Android Q later this year, rounding out your options for 21st century communication. There are some much-requested additions, including new animals, food, and plain yellow-faced emoji. There’s going to be an orangutan, an otter, and a sloth; you’ll be able to […]

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Apple and Google show off their more inclusive emoji for 2019

The Unicode Consortium teased the next round of emoji additions for 2019, and now it's clear just what they'll look like when they reach your phone. Both Apple and Google are marking World Emoji Day (July 17th) by showing their adaptations of the doz…
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Google’s Android Q Beta 3 rolls out with 53 gender-neutral emoji

While much of the fuss about the Android Q Beta 3 has centered around the number of handsets participating in the beta program, the new navigation gestures, and the presence of a system-wide dark mode, there is also 230 new emoji present in Emoji 12.0. This new batch of emoji includes a yawning face, a […]

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Twitter adds all 69 new emoji to its arsenal

Twitter has stepped up its emoji game in a big way. The social network is one of the first platforms to make all 69 Emoji 5.0 icons available to its users, and they include a few new flags, a woman with headscarf, persons with gray hair, the starstru…
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Weekly Rewind: Emoji freeze iPhones, Tesla taps solar power, Samsung scandals soar

In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on that it’s almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories from this week.

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Google Allo updated with Smart Smiley emoji suggestions and chat themes

Google may be having a hard time getting enough users to switch over from their messaging app of choice, but that isn’t stopping the Mountain View company from continuing to add new features to its Google Assistant-powered chat app Allo. Today, they are announcing an update to Allo that brings in contextual emoji and sticker suggestions, a […]

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Shoot the messenger: Microsoft reignites emoji gun debate with new pistol icon

Microsoft has introduced a pistol emoji as part of its Windows 10 Anniversary Update. The move comes less than a week after Apple announced it was ditching the gun emoji in favor of a water gun icon in iOS 10.

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Apple and Microsoft put the kibosh on the proposed rifle emoji

A joint opposition by Apple and Microsoft to a proposed rifle emoji means your phone won’t be getting one anytime soon. The effort was spearheaded by Apple at a recent Unicode Consortium meeting.

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Fallout C.H.A.T. is the emoji keyboard you’ve been waiting for

In anticipation of Fallout 4, Bethesda has released C.H.A.T., a free emoji keyboard for iOS and Android mobile devices with iconic characters and items from the series, as well as animated GIFs for custom messages.

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You can now search YouTube videos with emoji at Emoji2Video search engine

You can now search videos and images by emoji with a new search engine, Emoji2Video. The search engine lets you enter one or more emoji and then displays videos on YouTube according to the emoji selected.

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Artist adds poop emoji to selfie sticks to remind us of mortality

As depressing as it may be, selfie sticks are inescapable despite how many places ban them. It’s a sad truth of the future we live in. But! An enterprising artist by the name of Pablo Garcia has figured out a way to “reduce vainglory and self-importa…
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