Facebook Messenger for iOS Gains 1,500 New Emoji Characters

Facebook has announced that it is adding 1,500 new emojis to its Messenger app in order to cater for the diversity of its users.

The new emojis follow Apple's bulk addition of new emoji characters to iOS last year, but Facebook claims that Messenger is the first platform to feature a female police officer, runner, pedestrian, surfer, and swimmer, and notes that more are to come in the near future.

Facebook Messenger emojis
Facebook also notes that it is making changes to how emojis are displayed in the app.

Previously, some users would see replacement emoji characters that were native to their device, but now all users will see the same ones, irrespective of how they access the service. The company says that this will ensure that no one will see "broken-looking black boxes or emojis that just don't make sense."

Additionally, Facebook announced the addition of a new emoji picker for all platforms, located in the iOS app at the left of the composer.

Facebook Messenger is a free download for iPhone and iPad on the App Store. [Direct link]



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35 months ago
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35 months ago
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35 months ago
but these aren't emoji, right? These are just stickers.

Emoji is a global standard with an approval process. If I were to use these over SMS, they wouldn't display on the other side, therefore they're just stickers.
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35 months ago
If this were somehow specific to iOS, I would understand it being newsworthy on MacRumors. But simply reporting on iOS/Android app updates? Irrelevant.

Also, I anticipate this thread moving to the "Politics, Religion, and Social Issues" category in 5... 4... 3... 2...
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35 months ago
I feel like we're stretching the definition of "emojis" here.

As I understand, those are proprietary emoticons independent from the emoji unicode standard, much like those ('http://fsymbols.com/images/facebook-emoticons.png') or those: :apple:;):p:D:eek:.
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35 months ago
Ok..... I'm in the minority class and I still don't get why yellow emojis are considered white. They are yellow with no features to show ethnicity.... Why the Need for skintoned emojis????

Are emojis THAT important, that we need this definition? Writing with words aren't enough anymore?
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35 months ago
Oh boy. Can't wait for the comments on this one. I know how much Macrumors users love diversified emojis.
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35 months ago
They had to hire a team to work on creating 1,500 little clip art pieces. Seems excessive but hey, I'm not head of accounting at Facebook.
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35 months ago
I have no problem with this... I mean that they are introducing so many. As long as search and categorization is there to make them manageable, it's all OK... If the emoji style is nice! I think the old Android emoji set looks terrible (thank god Google is coming to their senses with "Android N"), the Windows 8/10 emoji set looks terrible. Facebook's in house emojis tend to be more fine with me though, and thankfully I like the iOS style the most. :) This is a case where I do want slight 3D styles and not completely flat countourless crap since often yellow faces otherwise blur with white background so easily.

I wish they would've focused on "just" supporting the full set as of Unicode 9.0 though. There's plenty there.
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35 months ago

Actually it doesn't bother me when other people do it, because Facebook doesn't have a mile-long list of unresolved bugs that go months at a time without a fix. I completely support diversity in these apps. What I don't support is failure to fix broken product while wasting time on relative frivolities.


I definitely see your point, and I can also definitely see how frustrating it can be when you're waiting for a fix and get handed updates with rather insignificant new features instead.

But I do have to pull out the "different teams" argument. The people who's job it is to fix those issues are not the same people who add the new emojis. Sure, you could say that Apple should "allocate more resources" to the appropriate team instead, but the new emojis were probably planned way in advance.
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