Facebook Adds More Than 1,500 Emoji to Messenger
Facebook today said it has taken steps to ensure all users of its Messenger application enjoy a rich experience. Moving forward, emoji will appear exactly the same across platforms, including the web, Android, iOS, and Windows. Moreover, the company has added a diverse mix of emoji to the app, including more variety in skin and hair colors, gender neutral options, more women in professional roles, and so on. Facebook says once users select a skin color all emoji will default to that skin color moving forward, though users will be able to change it at any time. The new emoji will be available in the expanded emoji keyboard. Facebook said updated versions of Messenger will roll out to users worldwide over the days ahead.
Unicode Accepts Some Google-Designed Women Emoji
Google today said the Unicode Technical Committee, the organization that oversees the development of emoji, has agreed to add some of the professional women emoji Google proposed earlier this year. Specifically, Unicode will add 11 (of the 13 suggested) professional female emoji in all skin colors.
Facebook Refreshes Messenger with New User Interface
Facebook today showed off a new version of its Messenger application, which the company says is easier to use. Messenger now displays the most recent messages at the top of the screen, with a section showing the user's favorites below.
Google Proposes New Emoji Depicting Women In Professional Roles
Google has proposed to Unicode, the organization that oversees the development of emoji, that it include more options representing women in the workplace. Google argues that "adding 13 new emoji that depict women across a representative sample of professions ...
Facebook's Photo Magic Hits Messenger
Facebook says tests of Photo Magic have gone well and today it is adding the feature to Messenger for users in the U.S. Photo Magic scans users' camera roll using face-recognition software.
Facebook Messenger Brings SMS Back to Android App
Facebook today said Facebook Messenger users will once again be able to send SMS messages — as long as they're running Android. Essentially, Android users can set Messenger as the default SMS app, which will route all SMS messages and conversations through Messenger rather than any other SMS apps that may be installed on the device.