Emoticons For Fire Phone: How To Enable Emojis On Your Fire Phone
In article about Fire Phone Text Messaging, we talked a bit about the default text messaging app of Fire phone and an alternative SMS app that offers more settings and customizations.
We also briefly discussed the problem with emoticons on Fire phone (which is probably one of its greatest cons).
In this small tutorial, we will talk about emojis for Fire phone in more detail and explore all the possible ways of bringing them to our Fire (without voiding warranty by rooting it).
Great News: System Update (To 3.6.5) Adds A Set Of Default Android Icons To Fire Phone
When I was testing the Fire phone text messaging app for the first time, there were practically no emoticons on it by default.
All I could find was a thin set of default emojis that wouldn’t even turn into graphical smiley in messages.
A few days ago I noticed (by accident) that it changed and my Fire phone REALLY has lots of emoticons installed. That’s in fact a set of default Android emojis that any Android device will recognize (but may display a bit differently).
Take a look at a big set of emoticons now available on my Fire phone.
As you can see this is a standard set of Android emoticons now available on your Fire phone!
TIP: Since Fire phone by default updates automatically (over WiFi), it’s possible that you now also have the new set of icons on your Fire. If you don’t have it, manually update your Fire phone and make sure that you have at least Fire OS 3.5.2.
To make sure that the new set of emojis on my Fire phone is readable by other devices, I sent several test messages between my Fire phone and my Samsung Galaxy Note II.
My Note II recognized all of the emoticons sent by my Fire phone (great!), but the emoticons displayed a bit different in Textra app than in the default Samsung text messaging app.
Now let’s delve deeper about emoiis and how they display in different text messaging apps on my Fire phone.
But How About The Most Popular Smileys? 🙂 🙂 😉 😉 😀 😀 😛
The default text messaging app seems to be very stubborn when it comes to displaying (or, rather, not displaying 😀 ) the most popular smileys everyone knows and uses.
In the default text messaging app of my Fire, NONE of them displayed (i.e. turned into a graphical smiley).
Fortunately, that’s not the end of the world and if you really want to see more smileys, you can install alternative SMS apps.
Two Nice Alternative Apps To See More Emojis On Fire Phone
I found two very nice alternative text messaging apps for Fire phone which will let you see more smileys and in different ways.
Textra SMS is a very simple text messaging app which is also my favorite. I use it on all of my Android devices (and on my Fire phone too). If you install Textra on Fire phone, you will be able to receive and send emojis from the default set of Android emojis discussed above.
What’s more, the app will turn smileys with a “nose” (hyphen) into graphical smileys (:-), ;-), :-D, :-P). However, it won’t recognize the simple smileys like :), ;), :D, 😛 (without a hyphen in the middle) and will leave them as they are.
SUMMING UP: Textra SMS displays the standard Android set of icons in the original way Fire phone does and transforms smileys with “-“ into graphical smileys.
hello sms is also an interesting alternative text messaging app for Fire phone. If you like the way my Note II displayed standard Android emojis more than Fire phone default messaging app does, hello sms is the app for you.
In this app, the standard Android emojis are displayed like in the standard Android device. However, the most popular smileys (discussed above) like 🙂 or 😉 are all ignored ale left as is.
SUMMING UP: hello sms displays the standard set of Android emoticons in the way most Android phones do, but doesn’t recognize any of the most popular smileys like :), 🙂 or 😀
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