Emojis – these tiny drawings that represent the full range of human emotions, natural habitat, and everyday life – now function as a kind of pictographic Esperanto. While in the past emojis were just a fun way to add a smiley face to a text or email, today they are used as a bridge between different languages and cultures. While different forms of non-verbal expression may be different around the world, a smile or a wink ̵
While iPhones quickly arrived, Apple made nicely designed emojis accessible to Westerners (to Japan, which has had emoji merchandise in the cell phone sector since the 1990s), some Android variants came a bit late to the party. They are now busy for the most part. Find information about getting emojis on your Android phone.
Is your device reading emoji?
Emoji is a system font and must be supported so that you can enter it and display characters. Some older Android devices can not see or read emojis. First, make sure your device supports emojis by doing a Google search on the emoji on your phone. When smileys pop up, your device is emoji-ready. If you see only general squares, no emojis will be displayed on your phone.
Note: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or lower phones can not display or enter emojis at all. Any Android 4.3 phone can only display black and white emojis through the iWnn IME keyboard. However, you can download a third-party keyboard for the more popular emoji color characters. Phones with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and 4.2 can display some emojis, but do not have a built-in keyboard. You may be able to use a third-party keyboard for emojis.
Enable the emoji keyboard minimum
Starting with Android 4.4 (KitKat), the standard Google keyboard has an emoji option. You can turn off your default keyboard by selecting a variation of Settings> Language and input> Default and selecting the keyboard you want to use.
If this is not the case with your keyboards, you probably use the default keyboard for your phone. The available characters and styles depend on your Android version. However, you can easily download one of the best keyboard apps from the Google Play Store. The Google Keyboard (Gboard) is compatible with devices running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher, and other keyboards like Swype, SwiftKey, and Minuum can satisfy your emoji craving. Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Hangouts, Snapchat and others offer their own built-in emojis. So if you want to emoji with an older Android device, social media is one way to accomplish this. For example, the standard Samsung keyboard has built-in emojis that you can access in any app.
Emojis are similar and not identical
Note that emojis can look different on different phones – even radically different. Apple, Google, and Samsung emojis also render differently for the same specification. Apple's emoji usually look more realistic, while Google's seem more caricatured. Different emoji fonts have been created between different versions of Android, different applications and even between Samsung and LG phones. The Emojipedia website describes the stylistic differences between the sets so you can better understand what your message might look like to people with third-party handsets.