Facebook Messenger for iOS Adds 1,500 New Diverse Emoji Characters
Facebook has announced that it is adding 1,500 new diverse Emoji to its Facebook Messenger app for iOS. Facebook says Messenger is the first platform to feature females as a police officer, surfer, swimmer, and more. The social network say more are on the way.
We’re diversifying the genders to create a more balanced mix that’s more representative of our world. Now, using Messenger emojis, you’ll see a female police officer, runner, pedestrian, surfer and swimmer for the very first time, and we’ll keep rolling these out.
Facebook says all users will now see the same emoji, regardless of how they access the service. While previously, some users would see replacement emoji that were native to their device, the social platform says now no one will see “broken-looking black boxes or emojis that just don’t make sense.”
Messenger is addressing emoji woes by rolling out a new set of standardized emojis so you can be sure you’re sending the right message. No matter what emoji you pick, it will now look the same for all Messenger users, regardless if the recipient is on Android, iOS or another platform. In other words, no more broken-looking black boxes or emojis that just don’t make sense. Our characters are consistent every time you use them, no matter what platform the recipient is on.
Facebook also announced an new emoji picker for all platforms.
On all platforms, the Messenger composer will now include an emoji picker to help you select the perfect emoji. Tap the new emoji icon at the left of the composer to find just the right emoji. It’s now easier than ever to toggle in between the regular text keyboard and the emoji keyboard.
The new emoji began rolling out today, and should be available on your device soon. Facebook Messenger is free for iOS devices, in the App Store. [GET IT HERE]