whatsApp just launched it’s own range of emoji for it’s more than 1.2 billion users,shunning the once created by Apple,Google and Samsung.
The new icons,visible for the first time in a beta version of it’s Android app,are nearly identical to the once created by Apple,which whatsApp had in the past times used not only in it’s IOS app,but also in it’s Android version and windows versions.only few differences that give away the update:for Instance,the water pistol has turned orange,the ghost emoji no longer has lopsided eyes and the frying egg is now double-yolked.
It’s not too clear what was the reason behind the update,and neither WhatsApp nor it’s owner Facebook have replied to a request for comment,but experts said it’s likely the app is following others including Facebook and twitter in attempting to extricate itself from relying on third-parties for emoji design.
“At a glance these could be confused for Apple’s own emojis,”says Jeremy Burge of Emojipedia,who first noted the update.”it appears that the brief for this project may have been ‘take Apple’s emojis,and change them enough so we can call them our own’.is that a bad thing?perhaps not,given how change-averse most user can be.”
WhatsApp’s corporate sibling messenger,née Facebook messenger,has also received it’s own emoji changeover:the app,which in the time past has it own special emoji library,is now using the images created for the main Facebook app.unless users are on IOS,in which it’s now using the default IOS emojis.
For some of us who have lost count,that means Facebook and messenger now use one unique emoji set (unless your on IOS),whatsApp users a second (if your running the Android beta)and instagram uses whatever the default is on the phone.
The changes highlight a growing problem for social media services:cross-platform communication confusion,driven largely by Android manufacturer fragmentation.
By basing it’s icons heavily on those already In use on IOS,whatsApp avoids the worst of the confusion.In this case where an iPhone user texting a Samsung Galaxy owner,then finds their red flags turns yellow,and their prayer beads become a rosary an their cookie gets downgraded to two crackers.the same conversation on whatsApp avoids the problem,since Samsung emojis are replaced with whatsApp’s own version.