1. Comerman's Avatar
    Hi folks I'm relatively new to android so need a few questions answered please.
    1. Emoji & group texts are not an option with kitkat at the moment so what's the best app to replace the stock sms?? I need one that text recipients DON'T need to have installed to get my texts.
    2. My phone vibrates when powered on and off, motorola say it always did that but I think it just started after kitkat, can it be disabled?
    I think that's it
    02-01-2014 04:22 AM
  2. UJ95x's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central
    1. I think Textra should do the trick. You just need to install the emoji plug-in
    2. Every phone has this. It can't be disabled

    Posted via Android Central App
    02-01-2014 04:28 AM
  3. Comerman's Avatar
    Cheers UJ95x, great forum. I installed textra + emoji which did the trick BUT when I enter emoji in a text thew show in the sent text etc but they are not visible on the text the recipient gets i.e only text wording is visible. Any ideas?
    02-01-2014 12:17 PM
  4. gtanner00's Avatar
    Cheers UJ95x, great forum. I installed textra + emoji which did the trick BUT when I enter emoji in a text thew show in the sent text etc but they are not visible on the text the recipient gets i.e only text wording is visible. Any ideas?
    Android does not natively support emoji below version 4.4. That means that if you send a message to someone who doesn't have KitKat they won't be able to see it.

    Hope that helps you. You can instead however use smilies like : ) (with no space in between)

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
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    02-01-2014 02:46 PM
  5. UJ95x's Avatar
    Cheers UJ95x, great forum. I installed textra + emoji which did the trick BUT when I enter emoji in a text thew show in the sent text etc but they are not visible on the text the recipient gets i.e only text wording is visible. Any ideas?
    Above post got it perfectly
    It'll only work if they have Kit Kat

    Posted via Android Central App
    02-01-2014 03:26 PM
  6. Sizzers's Avatar
    Android does not natively support emoji below version 4.4. That means that if you send a message to someone who doesn't have KitKat they won't be able to see it.

    Hope that helps you. You can instead however use smilies like : ) (with no space in between)

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
    Apologies for going slightly off topic, but yet another reason why I bitterly regret updating from JB
    02-01-2014 05:26 PM
  7. gtanner00's Avatar
    Apologies for going slightly off topic, but yet another reason why I bitterly regret updating from JB
    Why? Jellybean has no emoji support for receiving them. What I mean is you would be able to send them with a keyboard but nobody would be able to read them. You've gained the ability to receive emoji with kitkat.

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
    02-01-2014 05:29 PM
  8. Sizzers's Avatar
    Why? Jellybean has no emoji support for receiving them. What I mean is you would be able to send them with a keyboard but nobody would be able to read them. You've gained the ability to receive emoji with kitkat.

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
    I did say I was going off topic and re-reading my post I should have stated that I was more referring to smilies in general.

    Nearly all my friends are on iOS, but on KK when they add a smilie they no longer appear in picture form but in characters. I'm not personally that fussed about smilies in messaging, but it would be nice if they appeared in a form that I could at least understand!
    02-01-2014 05:41 PM
  9. gtanner00's Avatar
    I did say I was going off topic and re-reading my post I should have stated that I was more referring to smilies in general.

    Nearly all my friends are on iOS, but on KK when they add a smilie they no longer appear in picture form but in characters. I'm not personally that fussed about smilies in messaging, but it would be nice if they appeared in a form that I could at least understand!
    Right. Im honestly not one to use smilies very much other than the basic ones and I would never use emoji. Just don't see the point

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
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    02-01-2014 05:43 PM
  10. Comerman's Avatar
    Right. Im honestly not one to use smilies very much other than the basic ones and I would never use emoji. Just don't see the point

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
    That's my issue here, I had those "ugly" green ones before KK and was happy enough but after KK I had a lovely big selection of smilies,flowers etc. BUT none will work. I need smilies or something to let people know when I'm joking
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    02-02-2014 05:49 AM
  11. Harvinder Sunila's Avatar
    That's my issue here, I had those "ugly" green ones before KK and was happy enough but after KK I had a lovely big selection of smilies,flowers etc. BUT none will work. I need smilies or something to let people know when I'm joking
    Hi Comerman,
    You're right there is a problem with emoticons/emoji in KitKat Moto G. I don't think it's anything to do with the phone you're sending messages to, if you send yourself a text message( send your own number a text) with an emoticon it won't show up.
    I don't know if it's a KitKat issue or just KitKat on Moto G issue...I'm sure somebody else posted about this, and they mentioned contacting Motorola who knew it was an issue and were working on a fix.
    Sorry I can't be more helpful...convince your friends to install Whatsapp, lots of emoticons.
    02-02-2014 07:57 AM
  12. gtanner00's Avatar
    Hi Comerman,
    You're right there is a problem with emoticons/emoji in KitKat Moto G. I don't think it's anything to do with the phone you're sending messages to, if you send yourself a text message( send your own number a text) with an emoticon it won't show up.
    I don't know if it's a KitKat issue or just KitKat on Moto G issue...I'm sure somebody else posted about this, and they mentioned contacting Motorola who knew it was an issue and were working on a fix.
    Sorry I can't be more helpful...convince your friends to install Whatsapp, lots of emoticons.
    It must be. A moto g issue then. I don't actually own one so I tried sending the emoticons and emoji to my own number on my KitKat nexus 4 and it worked like a charm. Not sure what is going on with motorola.

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
    02-02-2014 09:54 AM
  13. Ideal Studio's Avatar
    Other than the emoticons & emoji keyboard, you can try to use some extra emoticons app or emoji app.
    For example:
    CUTE EMOTICONS - https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....cuteemoticons
    CUTE EMOJI - https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...udio.cuteemoji

    It may helps a lot in communication and SMS.
    02-09-2014 07:23 PM
  14. Comerman's Avatar
    It'll only work if they have Kit Kat

    Posted via Android Central App
    This seems to be the reason behind some text recipients not getting emoji sent in texts which I think is a bit ridiculous, not everyone has an up to date smartphone, Just give me back the ugly green ones I used before KK an they'll do.
    02-10-2014 05:12 AM
  15. MotoClive's Avatar
    That's my issue here, I had those "ugly" green ones before KK and was happy enough but after KK I had a lovely big selection of smilies,flowers etc. BUT none will work. I need smilies or something to let people know when I'm joking
    I just tested mine by sending to my own Moto G and it works fine but only via Hangouts SMS service.
    02-11-2014 09:48 AM

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