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The emoji keyboard gets another makeover

on November 9, 2015

Emoji keyboard

The wonderful world of emojis have undergone some very interesting developments in the last year. There are hundreds of variations in objects and characters to choose from and liven up your conversations. Dove recently launched a ‘Love Your Curls’ mission and created the first-ever curly hair emoji keyboard to the delight of millions of curly-haired women the world over.

Research by Unilever’s Dove found that despite the thousands of emojis already in existence, none of them had straight hair. In promotion of Dove Quench products for women with curly hair, the woman-centric brand launched the Dove Love Your Curls Emoji Keyboard.

The keyboard features 27 curly hair designs with changeable skin tones and hair colours that result in 131 variations and include seven animated gifs as well.

In the words of Sali A. Tagliamonte, a linguistics professor at the University of Toronto, who is working with Dove on this campaign, “Emojis are becoming an important way for people to express themselves. Imagine if you didn’t have words or symbols that looked like you — you would feel that you were underrepresented. So emojis that are reflective of a person’s identity are really important to them, just as our language is emblematic of who we are.”

Dove has also tied up with Twitter so that every time you use the hashtag #LoveYourCurls a curly-hair emoji appears in the tweet.  You can also download the curly hair emoji on Google Play or the App Store.

Another recent development has been the new emoji that Twitter rolled out in dedication of the ‘Make in India’ campaign my Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The emoji features the lion associated with the initiative set across an orange backdrop. In order to use the emoji, you can just add the hashtag #MakeinIndia to your tweet. Twitter unveiled the new emoji through a tweet that read – ‘#MakeInIndia is first non US based brand to get @Twitter emoji promoting India as a global manufacturing hub @jack’.

Multi-racial Emoji Keyboard

Earlier this year Apple launched a more diverse set of emojis that include different options for skin colour and hair combinations. While there has been a lot of debate about the usefulness of the added option of skin colour while sending an emoji, there are several people who welcome the choice. The five different skin tones have been approved by the Unicode Consortium and are based on the Fitzpatrick scale. WhatsApp has also rolled out a whole array of new features in its latest update that include multi-racial emojis and the addition of a ‘middle-finger’ emoji.

Regardless of whether you’re on the fence about using these new emojis, they are definitely here to stay and are becoming widely popular.

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Emojis that are created around specific holidays, local festivals and to serve different countries and regions are becoming more common.

If you’re someone who likes to use emojis in your conversations, you might want to check out the extensive range of emojis available here.

 

Posted in: Apps, Social Media Update, Social Media Worldwide

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