The Consortium sets the code for each emoji, but they ultimately look slightly different across different operating systems like iOs, Android, and Windows, as well as different programs and apps, like Twitter and Gmail.
For example, here’s how a few smiley-face emoji look on the different platforms:
Most of the symbols looks pretty much the same no matter what platform you’re using, but some feel pretty dramatically dissimilar.
That’s what I learned after recently switching from an iPhone to the Nexus 6.
I was trying text a friend the classic two-girls-having-a-great-time emoji, but much to my chagrin, that delightful illustration didn’t exist, and was replaced by a single yellow blob-lady with much more well-defined rabbit ears.
The emoji felt much more like a solitary Playboy bunny than symbol of a rollicking night out.
To my dismay, some of my other favourite emoji didn’t quite compute either.
Here are some of the funniest examples:
Particularly egregious is the conversion between the red-dress dancing lady in iOS and its rose-biting counterpart. I’m surprised that the little guy’s not wearing a fedora.
Point being, next time you’re texting a friend who doesn’t use the same phone as you do, consider that he or she might not get the full effect of your “smirk” face, or could misinterpret your tongue-stuck-out emoji as someone trying to concentrate on a difficult task.
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