With Google’s introduction of Emoji Kitchen, Android users can now mash together different feelings and save them as a custom emoji sticker. As a result, a plethora of options for digital messaging have opened. Emoji Kitchen can be used across apps like Gmail, Messenger, Snapchat, WhatsApp and more. However, it’s not working on Instagram or Slack just yet.
Activating Emoji Kitchen
Until it’s formally released to the public you have to join the beta program to create your custom emoji, >> opens in a new windowGboard Beta >>Join the scheme >>Google Play Store >>Download or Update Gboard App. Now for some emoji mashing.
Open Gboard. You should notice a bar between the text insert box and the row of emoji saying >>Tap an emoji to get suggestions. That’s how you know the feature is working. Now >>select an emoji to see a list of possible combinations. Some combinations are limited. We expect Google will release a bunch more when the app gets out of beta.
Why Do We Use Emojis?
There is a myriad of reasons why people use emojis in their everyday digital communication. Likewise, emoji usage is seen to improve how we convey our thoughts and feelings online, adding tone and clarity to non-verbal digital interaction.
- Emojis make you appear friendlier
- Many Emojis add tone and clarity to messages
- Emojis enable you to be more minimlalistic
- Emojis humanize digital communication
- The use of Emojis softens criticism
How Many Messages Contain Emojis?
According to a research paper published in the Washington Law Review from Santa Clara University, at least 2.3 trillion mobile messages incorporate an emoji annually In total there are 3,304 emojis in the Unicode Standard as of Emoji 13.0 (January 2020). Emoji Stats has a running tally of emoji use per day. The solid red heart, for example, showed 170 million uses a day recently while a Parachute only found it way in digital messages 3,300 times. Now Vermont is even thinking of passing legislation to allow emojis on licenses plates.
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