[Review] SMSmileys - Automatic Text-to-Emoji Conversion
iOS 5 comes with a native emoji keyboard, which can be effortlessly enabled from the keyboard preferences in the Settings application. While easy, it still can be cumbersome having to search through your emoji keyboard for the face that you want to use. Donít you wish that just typing out a face would automatically convert to an emoji face when you sent a text message out to someone?
A new jailbreak tweak dubbed SMSmileys
by iOS developer Sam Stone
will convert your ;D
faces to emojis. The list of faces that will be converted to emojis keeps going and is not limited to the two that have been aforementioned. Having the text automatically converted for you is certainly faster than having to initiate a new keyboard and search for the face you want. For that, it's safe to say that this tweak is great for saving time on the fly.
SMSmileys does not work throughout other iOS applications like the emoji keyboard will Ė it was intended only for the Messages application. Another thing to note is there are no settings for disabling SMSmileys and this means that no matter what, your faces will be converted to emoji (until you uninstall the tweak). Emojis also will not show up on any other non-iOS device Ė this system of smileys is iOS-exclusive. Typing a ;D
face on an iPhone may yield an emoji, but after sending it to a different phone, that phone will use that its own system for showing faces to the reader of the text message.
All in all, the implementation for this tweak is great; it doesn't slow down your typing or slow down the messages application and it's iMessage compatible. It doesnít disrupt your text messages, it makes things more fun, and best of all itís free! If you want to send emojis to your friends without the hassle of enabling and using the iOS 5 emoji keyboard (or even worse: using an application for a non-iOS 5 device), then I highly recommend SMSmileys to you. Check it out!
Developer: Sam Stone
Sources: Sam Stone