New Emoticons for Windows Phone 8

If you like sending text messages (SMS) on Windows Phone, you'll love the new emoticon system that Microsoft has put in place. Previously, Windows Phone allowed you to easily send some basic smileys and if you wanted some more advanced symbols, you had to dig out some codes or use a 3rd party app.

This time around, Microsoft put in a selector at the bottom with visible choices for each symbol. You even have categories like faces, food, symbols and more. If you use the same symbols repeatedly, they will show up in a frequently used area for quick access the next time you message. 

We should also point out that they work in all apps. We used them in Kik messenger with no issues (they just don't have color). All in all, it's these small changes that make Windows Phone 8 quite an improvement.


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New Emoticons for Windows Phone 8


Yea it works in the Me twitter app on wp7.5 been bashing all android and non ios6 users because we have nearly all of them since the jailbreak for ios6 was available

      Did you try Nokia 810? If you did can you let us know what you think between 810 and 8x?

I would also like to see a review on the 810. Mostly regarding the screen display and if it's 'that' noticibly different from the 8X's. I know the 8X screen will be better, but substantially or kinda?
As much as I would like to get the 8X, the lack of a sd card slot and a non-removable battery kills it for me.

"As much as I would like to get the 8X, the lack of a sd card slot and a non-removable battery kills it for me."
You mean like the L920? :P I know, at least it has 32GB.

My concern is the quality, updates and plenty of apps. It doesn't really matters to me about the screen resolution as long it works. My Radar's wifi when it sleep it doesn't connect until you turn it off and on again. No fix from HTC and this is my big concern since the Nokia Drive will be up to HTC for everyone to download, and if they sit on their asses same thing all over again like the titan disappearing keyboard.

Good question. I'm not sure. Devil came up purple on my wifes iphone. I'll check some others.

This is unrelated, but would appreciate if you can find out. 
ON the 900, if you take a video landscape, when you share on FB or open it as a file on your PC, it would play sideways.  You would have to use a video converter to rotate. 
Has this been fixed?  I am hoping the video plays back and uploads the way you recorded the video whether portrait or landscape.  I never had issues with this on other phones except the 900. 

I've used iphone yes, worked fine
i used a samsung focus S, worked fine
used a 900, did not work fine. 
So no, i have not only used an iphone. 

Really strange - I have an LG Optimus 7 E900 and when I take videos in portrait mode, that is when videos are then sideways when uploaded to Facebook or my computer. I have to take videos in landscape for it to come out normal!

That's pretty sweet! I even saw an Xbox game controller emoticon.
P.S. For a moment it looked like the 8X suffered from the disappearing keyboard syndrome, but then I realized you never typed on the text field so that's why the KB went down. Phew!

"all the small little improvements"
Yeah we get this but no global orientation lock, no custom email or sms signals.
Whats up with the priority Microsoft?
But I guess there has been huge demand to send watermelons in SMS. Seriously, does the focus-group for WP contain Belfiores three kids or what?


Separate volume controls for apps/ringtones
Merge calls in call log under same contact
Orientation lock
Password support for the IE10
Forward button for the IE10
Text reflow for the IE10 so it automatically adjusts and reformats text for easy readability
Ability to have at least two browser control buttons
Settings are not alphabetized, making them sort of confusing
Finger seek in the music player
Automatic sleepd mode (especially since you added Skype, which is on 24/7), so we won't be bothered by notifications at night
Notification history / center or whatever you call it
Black background when reading email, not just email list


Emoticons are something I've missed ever since I lost my old Nokia XpressMusic phone almost two years ago. It'll be good to have them back in my texts.

Are those a new Unicode-based emoticons as supported by iOS 5 and 6? And most importantly, is there an emoticons of two guys holding hands together like in iOS 6? :)

Yes we actually had most of the ios6 emo before they did I been using them since 7.5 via emo app and you can view them in the Me tile for twitter and its also on the surface keyboard as well

When we can put in the BX celeb smiley's (google them and you'll be hooked) then it'll truly be official! But this is going in the right direction.

cool now it hepl to express each emotion
nice way to express the best news on wp central guys, just like wp live tiles but not live
nokia lumia 920

Don't know if I can emote that much. 8P  Then again, options are always nice. I can't see anyone saying "I wish there were more."

Love the "recent emoticons" area! So helpful! :D I wish I had a Windows Phone 8, but it'll be months before they come to NZ and then there will be new hardware -.- downsides of living downunder.

Me too. I like much more old emoticons on my Lumia 800. This improvement looks so ugly and uncomfortable to text.
Maybe where will be chance to turn off this new feature and use like old?