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Frequently Asked Questions

Read through our FAQ to find answers to the most commonly asked questions on emojis and emoticons.

  • What are emoji?

    Emoji are โ€œpicture charactersโ€ originally associated with cellular telephone usage in Japan, but now popular worldwide. The word emoji comes from the Japanese ็ตต (e โ‰… picture) + ๆ–‡ๅญ— (moji โ‰… written character).

    Emoji are often pictographsโ€”images of things such as faces, weather, vehicles and buildings, food and drink, animals and plantsโ€”or icons that represent emotions, feelings, or activities. In cellular phone usage, many emoji characters are presented in color (sometimes as a multicolor image), and some are presented in animated form, usually as a repeating sequence of two to four imagesโ€”for example, a pulsing red heart.

  • Who created the emojis?

    The first emoji was created in the lmate 1990s by Shigetaka Kurita the stable in a team called i-mode for the NTT Internet platform. In 1195 I created an emoji of Japanese culture of 176 characters of 12 ร— 12 pixels that was like a Kanji Manga, from time to time it brings out new emojis.

  • Are emoji the same thing as emoticons?

    Not exactly. Emoticons (from โ€œemotionโ€ plus โ€œiconโ€) are specifically intended to depict facial expression or body posture as a way of conveying emotion or attitude in e-mail and text messages. They originated as ASCII character combinations such as :-) to indicate a smileโ€”and by extension, a jokeโ€”and :-( to indicate a frown. In East Asia, a number of more elaborate sequences have been developed, such as (")(-_-)(") showing an upset face with hands raised. Over time, many systems began replacing such sequences with images, and also began providing ways to input emoticon images directly, such as a menu or palette. The emoji sets used by Japanese cell phone carriers contain a large number of characters for emoticon images, along with many other non-emoticon emoji.

  • Emojis vs emoticons, How are they different?

    The first thing we come to think is that emojis are little pictures and emoticons are the symbols of the keyboard like this the famous smiley face, some emoji app convert emoticons into smileys some say that this is a combination of (emotion + icons) these were designed to represent emotions with facial drawings, it must be said that emojis were not always related to emotions as there are animals, numbers, animals.

  • What is the difference between emoji and pictographs?

    Pictographs are symbols, such as U+26E8 โ›จ BLACK CROSS ON SHIELD, that are pictorial representations of objects, sometimes quite simplified.

    The set of Unicode emoji intersects, but is not the same as the set of pictographs in the Unicode standard. Some characters are both emoji and pictographs, such as U+1F32D ๐ŸŒญ HOT DOG. Some characters are emoji but not pictographs, such as U+203C โ€ผ DOUBLE EXCLAMATION MARK. Some characters are not emoji but are pictographs, such as U+26E8 โ›จ BLACK CROSS ON SHIELD.

  • Do emoji characters have to look the same wherever they are used?

    No, they donโ€™t have to look the same. For example, here are just some of the possible images for U+1F36D LOLLIPOP, U+1F36E CUSTARD, U+1F36F HONEY POT, and U+1F370 SHORTCAKE.

    In other words, any pictorial representation of a lollipop, custard, honey pot or shortcake respectively, whether a line drawing, gray scale, or colored image (possibly animated) is considered an acceptable rendition for the given emoji. However, a design that is too different from other vendorsโ€™ representations may cause interoperability problems

  • How should emoji be displayed?

    While emoji symbols may be presented using color and animation (โ€œemoji presentationโ€), they can also be presented as using a plain black & white โ€œtext presentationโ€.

  • What is the difference between emoji and dingbats?

    Most of the characters in the Dingbats block are derived from a well-established set of glyphs, the ITC Zapf Dingbats series 100, which constitutes the industry standard โ€œZapf Dingbatโ€ font currently available in most laser printers. Emoji and dingbats have some similarities (and a few characters in the Dingbats block are treated as emoji). However, while there is often a great deal of flexibility in the range of glyph shapes that may be used for presentation of emoji, most characters in the Dingbats block are expected to be presented with glyph shapes that closely align with those shown in the Unicode Standard, when shown with a โ€œtext presentationโ€.

  • Are emoji a new language?

    Emoji arenโ€™t really a โ€œlanguageโ€; they donโ€™t have the grammar or vocabulary to substitute for written language. But in social media, people like to use them to add color and whimsy to their messages, and to help to make up for the lack of gestures, facial expressions, and tone of voice. They also add a โ€œuseful ambiguityโ€ to messages, allowing the writer to convey many different possible concepts at the same time. You can probably view them more like borrowings of foreign words rather than a language by themselves.

  • What are Emoji and where are these used?

    Emoji are emoticons, smileys and ideograms used to express emotions in websites or electronic messages. With the use of them, users convey a certain emotion which creates an emotional impact for the receiver. These characters or images are very popular on social media websites and messaging apps like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google Hangouts, Snapchat, iMessage, Whatsapp and others. You can also notice emojis used on Snapchat Trophies. Currently, Emoji symbols are supported on all major platforms including OS X, iOS, Windows, and Android.

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