Apple iOS 9.1 becomes the first OS featuring all Unicode Standard Emojis

25 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Android Marshmallow minor update will bring new emoji characters.

Apple has finally pushed out the first major update to its mobile OS with iOS 9.1, which is now available as an over-the-air update (OTA) to all iOS 9 users.But Android users won’t be forever left without fun new emojis, with senior VP of Android, Hiroshi Lockheimer, taking to Twitter to announce the company is on the case.Two years ago, the Oxford Dictionaries added new words made popular by the internet and the growing market of smartphones — and one of which is the word ‘emoji’.

This marks yet another Unicode update (8.0) iOS users get to enjoy, while Android users are still stuck waiting on the diversity themed Unicode 7.0 update which gave the user the ability to select skin color on select emoji. Among the new emojis Apple included in this week’s software updates are: robot face, nerd face, face with head bandage, taco, skull and crossbones, and the much-talked-about reversed hand with middle finger. Hence all kinds of in-demand emoji will now be available on iPhones, including taco, nerd face, robot, burrito, champagne, a man in a business suit levitating, hot dog, cheese, crab, lion along with the controversial middle finger. A host of new emojis landed on iPhones and iPads earlier this week with the iOS 9.1 update, including middle fingers, unicorns and tacos, leaving Android users a little left out of the fun. The Unicode 8.0 was much anticipated in the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update; however, it now looks like that the Internet giant got a little motivated by the Apple Inc.

Google’s newly appointed Android Vice President said in a tweet update Thursday that the software team at Android has heard the feedbacks from users and they’re now working on new emojis. Even then, you have to remember that it can take a long while before Android firmware updates trickle down to non-Nexus hardware, and even longer if you have a carrier branded device.

The update, though, will only be releasing directly to the Nexus users and the third-party manufacturers who may further introduce the update to their users. Well, despite seeing a brand new firmware arrive (Android 6.0 Marshmallow), we were surprised to find no work had been done on supporting the new Unicode 7.0 or now, the 8.0 emoji.

Of course, we have no idea when these new emoji will arrive, so don’t go out and start an Android emoji countdown or hold your breath or take a shot every time a new emoji-less day goes by. As known, the Unicode consortium has added emojis that now include, an inverted smiling face, zipped mouth, detective, suspicious face, money face and much more. Some notable ones are the taco emoji, cheese, a smiley with dollar signs and a dollar tongue (for feeling ‘money’ if it makes any sense), a geek-ing smiley, a crab, a Turkey emoji (for the upcoming Thanksgiving), a zipped-lips emoji for conversations involving secrets, a box full of popcorn — and many more. More options are now available to enlighten the meaning of a sentence, including the greed for that money, now has a perfect face of ‘Money Emoji’. On the other end, Hiroshi Lockheimer (Google Android SVP) planning to roll out a minor update to Marshmallow phone users that caries new emoji characters.

Android chooses to represent faces in emoji using little blob people that could be a close cousin to the Oompa Loompa, instead of the typical round faces you see in most other operating systems and apps. However, if you are using a smartphone that is no longer supported, Google or third party company will not be releasing an update, but no need to worry as there are apps such as WhatsApp that are continuously upgraded to have an enhanced emoji experience. To download the update, just head over to Settings, click General and hit update, while some users have also been prompted to install the new version. Once installed, users will be redirected to the usual startup page, where they’ll be asked to log in and select a few settings before they can start using the device.

Not getting an emoji isn’t really big concern, but if we look around, millions of devices are running on an outdated version of the software, and sometimes those that are affected by several vulnerabilities. Apple launched iOS 9 back in September, and just within a week since its release Apple claimed that the OS already made history with the fastest adoption rate ever. More than half of all iOS devices are now running iOS 9 that brings Search and Siri refinements, new iPad features, a News app along with better battery management.

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