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Samsung adds Disney AR characters to its emoji lineup

Tuesday, April 24th 2018 by Oprah Flash

Can’t get through the day without sending an emoji, meme or gif? Neither can we, and Samsung’s latest software rollout is giving your emoji game some extra Disney magic.

Anyone with the latest Samsung Galaxy S9 can now create and send Disney-themed AR emojis as well a personalise your own, using the My Emoji avatar.

The crying with laughter emoji may be a cult favourite but Samsung has added more than 200 new emojis to the Samsung Keyboard so this could soon change.

You don’t need us to tell you that the way we communicate has drastically changed. In particular, emojis have grown in popularity with an average of five billion being used every day by 95% of internet users in the UK.

Emojis have become so popular they even get their own day of celebration, it’s 17 July in case you were wondering.

Researchers at Edinburgh University have found that the use of emojis helps to make people feel more comfortable expressing themselves on social media and the help to promote diversity. However, with every up there is inevitably a down as education critics have blamed emojis for causing a decline in English language skills.

Anger and disgust

They are not just a time saver, researchers at Brandwatch have found that they are increasingly replacing words as a means of expressing moods and emotions. It seems like we’ve got a lot to be mad about, in the last two years the use of negative emojis expressing anger and disgust has risen by 9.5%.

Samsung partnered with Disney to allow you to use Mickey Mouse, Minnie and Donald Duck AR Emojis

If you got the latest Samsung phone you can now express that anger with the help of Mickey Mouse. At the moment, it’s Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, or Donald Duck AR emojis that are available, but Samsung has confirmed plans to release more characters throughout the year, including favourites from The Incredibles, Frozen, and Zootopia.

Facial recognition technology

It’s the facial recognition technology that allows the new AR emojis to work as well as they do on the new Samsung Galaxy S9. Getting a sense of deja-vu? That could be because it was with the release of the iPhone X and its fancy features that combining emojis with actual reality technology began to gain traction.

At its launch in September last year, the iPhone X changed the emoji game by introducing Animojis that moved and mirrored your facial expressions. This was improved even further at the start of the year when the rollout of iOS 11.3 increased the range of animal characters to include a dragon, bear, skull and lion.

It was a struggle to get through writing this article without the use of a few emojis to add some spice. If we’ve made you feel like you’re missing out on the action don’t worry, you can get a cheap Samsung Galaxy S9 deal to wipe away those feelings of FOMO. Mobiles.co.uk is selling the phone on Vodafone’s network for £36 a month over a 2 year contract for 16GB of data with unlimited calls and texts. There’s £50 to pay upfront.

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