Apple Cracking Down On Emoji Apps

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    Apple Cracking Down On Emoji Apps


    Apple’s cracking down on apps that have no other purpose but offering emoji — that cute emoticon character set popular with some text messengers — and are kicking developer’s apps out of the App Store if they do nothing else. The reason? iOS 6 already does emoji.

    Here’s the email Apple is sending developers:

    We are writing to let you know your app, [redacted], has been removed from the App Store because it is no longer needed to unlock Emoji.

    Since iOS 6 now provides Emoji support to all users, your app is no longer in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines

    2.12 Apps that are not very useful, are simply web sites bundled as apps, or do not provide any lasting entertainment value may be rejected

    If you have questions about the removal of your application, please contact App Review at appreview@apple.com. Please include the App ID and the name of your application in your email.

    Thank you and best regards,

    App Review

    Doesn’t seem like a huge loss to me, and it seems as if developers of such apps can still have emoji as long as their software has other functionality.

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    Apple Begins Blocking Emoji Apps in App Store



    Apple’s iOS devices had long had at least partial support for emoji, the picture characters popular originally in Japan, but rapidly gaining popularity around the world.

    With iOS 6 bringing expanded emoji support, it appears that Apple is beginning to address the significant number of emoji apps in the App Store, sending out notices to developers informing them that their apps have been removed from the store because they are no longer useful given the built-in emoji support now available.

    Apparently several developers have received such notices, and a number of others have mentioned on Twitter. The text of such a notice is as follows:


    Hello XXXX,


    We are writing to let you know your app, XXXX, has been removed from the App Store because it is no longer needed to unlock Emoji.

    Since iOS 6 now provides Emoji support to all users, your app is no longer in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines <https://developer.apple.com/appstore/resources/approval/guidelines.html>

    2.12 Apps that are not very useful, are simply web sites bundled as apps, or do not provide any lasting entertainment value may be rejected

    If you have questions about the removal of your application, please contact App Review at appreview@apple.com. Please include the App ID and the name of your application in your email.


    Thank you and best regards,

    App Review


    Even though such notices are reported to be going out to developers, emoji apps do seem to still be available.

    Many developers say that it appears that Apple is targeting any app listing emoji among it’s features, not just those designed solely to enable emoji characters.

    11-13-12

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    What Does That Emoji Icon Mean Anyway?



    If you’re new to Emoji, you’ll be forgiven for not knowing just what some of these icons and characters are supposed to mean. Many are common sense, while others are a bit of a mystery, but there’s an easy way to find out what a specific Emoji character means just by looking at the icon in the Special Character selector of OS X.

    This panel should be available in just about any app that allows keyboard input, but we’ll use TextEdit as an example:

    Pull down the “Edit” menu and select “Special Characters”, then select “Emoji” from the left side menu to access all available icons

    Find the Emoji icon in question and click on it to reveal it’s intended meaning

    The example above shows the infamous “Pile of Poo”, which also happens to be it’s defined meaning. You can find these little descriptions for any of the Emoji, but because many new characters have shown up since iOS 6 not all of them will be available on the Mac emoji keyboard.

    Emoji definitions aren’t available in the iOS keyboard though, so users of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch will just have to continue taking their best guesses.

    11-15-12

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