Windows Phone 8.1's emoji recommendations are amazing

One of the best aspects of Windows Phone has long been its predictive text recommendation when typing, and Microsoft’s really upped the ante in the latest version of the operating system in a way that will delight tweens everywhere.

In Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft has expanded the keyboard’s suggestions to include emoji support. Now, when a user types a word such as “love,” then the heart emoji will appear as a recommendation. The feature also appears to understand context, as typing “suit” won’t result in an emoji recommendation, but “swim suit” will recommend the bikini emoji. Similarly, typing “up” will recommend the emoji of a finger pointing up, but typing “thumbs up” will recommend the thumbs-up emoji.

Perhaps most interesting is Microsoft’s potty vernacular – the words “poop,” “shit” and “turd” all come up with the same excrement emoji, though “crap” strangely doesn’t.  

Some common acronyms are also supported, such as “LOL” and “LMAO,” though some aren’t, such as “BFF.” Microsoft’s Xbox also gets some love, as typing the brand name will result in a green Xbox controller being suggested, as will typing the word “controller.” No other Microsoft brand name or product appears to get its own emoji recommendation.

View the gallery below to see some of Windows Phone 8.1’s emoji suggestions.

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Haven't used Windows Phone but from experience with my wife's BlackBerry Z10 it also has great predictive typing. Seems from the screenshots that the BlackBerry may have the slight edge as you swipe up from the screen keyboard with the Z10 rather than at the top with the Windows Phone. Several times I only had to type the first word and just swiped up the rest of the words (5 or more of them I remember correctly).

They probably ripped it off of WP since this has been in developement for quite some time and was first leaked back in November.

This + the new shape/swipe typing and the new suggestions that auto-add your contacts into the suggestions makes the WP8.1 keyboard the best mobile keyboard :D

Hate to be "that guy" but if this site has an anti-swearing policy this should also be followed by the staff posting! Check the first image in the gallery. Tut tut ;)

Also I don't see what is so "amazing" about it. They take a word and show you an emoji for it. How is someone typing "happy" and the happy emoji being shown "amazing"?

Can anyone recommend a good WP? i got lumia 800 but off contract now and not sure whtehr wait for say the 930 or not? price doesnt matter as long as my carrier gets it haha

ah right nice, was thinking the 1520 looks good but at 6inch's bit big. Is that Nokia Glance good cus seems like its only on IPS displays cus to expensive put in AMOLED like 930 uses so doesnt have it??

Wellll, I guess it varies from person to person. For me it's convenient to just pull out my phone and see the time at a glance, especially if you don't wear a watch like me, along with any notifications I have. Also makes a great bedside clock. On the other hand, I've seen people who have it turned off completely. It's good to have it but it's definitely is not a dealbreaker if you don't. That's why my next phone is going to be the 930.

ah ok cool, my lumia 800 is starting to lag abit these days dunno why cus theres plenty of free storage space... then again could be the 512MB ram just aint enough atm. good to have 2GB in the 930 full HD AMOLED etc tis cool

8.1 really is an awesome update. I was thinking of going Android, absolutely no need to now. Pity it's taken this long to catch up.

what said,
8.1 really is an awesome update. I was thinking of going Android, absolutely no need to now. Pity it's taken this long to catch up.

I need the apps or I would switch too. I'll reevaluate this next year

I left due to apps too. WP has so much potential. Hopefully the new update will mean more devs think about supporting the OS.

Curious what people on the receiving end will see if they're not on Windows Phone. Does every other smart-phone platform have the xbox controller emoji? Will it just be left out, or will they see garbled stuff? What versions of other OSs support and don't support this stuff?

I'm old, emoji isn't something I know all about, and I'm just curious what the limitations are on this and how cross-compatible it is with all the people I might send texts to :-)

pmbAustin said,
Curious what people on the receiving end will see if they're not on Windows Phone. Does every other smart-phone platform have the xbox controller emoji? Will it just be left out, or will they see garbled stuff? What versions of other OSs support and don't support this stuff?

I'm old, emoji isn't something I know all about, and I'm just curious what the limitations are on this and how cross-compatible it is with all the people I might send texts to :-)


There should be a similar controller emoji on other smartphones, just not designed after the Xbox controller.

If you can see that, then that is what you'll see when a WP user sends that controller glyph (Unicode 1F3AE "Game controller", each platform will have its own implementation of the glyph)

They will see the equivalent on their phone if one exists, which is usually somewhat different, but generally the same message gets across. If one doesn't exist then it usually shows a square box.

mnl1121 said,
usually shows a square box.

Correct. Most of the emoji I use show up as box, white-fill box, black-fill box to my friend who has BB10.

Sraf said,

If you can see that, then that is what you'll see when a WP user sends that controller glyph (Unicode 1F3AE "Game controller", each platform will have its own implementation of the glyph)

Some won't have it at all I would assume. I know I do occasionally get emoji from iPhone users that don't display...

AsherGZ said,

Weird I dont see it even though I have the Chromoji extension installed. Do you see this?

Nope, I can't see yours, not does mine show. Let's try again

Cortana should have been a nice scantily clad blueish female full screen emoticon...

This is pretty awesome and I'm sure there will be more added down the line.

Thief000 said,
Cortana should have been a nice scantily clad blueish female full screen emoticon...

This is pretty awesome and I'm sure there will be more added down the line.

There is no scantily clad bluish female in UTF characters so I doubt that.

Shiranui said,
Why has "emoji" entered the English language?
This is nothing. You should see Kaomoji. Here's an example:

(ू˃̣︿˂̣ ू)

People especially download Japanese keyboards to use these!

Er, thanks for the lesson... I have been using Japanese Windows since Windows 95.
My question is why this word has been adopted into the English language.