Hack Enables Japanese Emoji Icons on iPhone Firmware 2.2; No longer Restricted to Japan’s SoftBank Network

iPhone Firmware 2.2 - Emoji icons

iPhone users can create and view messages with Emoji icons with iPhone Firmware 2.2, it was one of the undocumented features of iPhone firmware 2.2. But it is available only to iPhone users on Japan’s SoftBank network.

If you are not in Japan and were disappointed to find out that you will not be able to use the Emoji icons then there is some good news for you.

An Irish iPhone developer, Steven Troughton-Smith has figured out a way to enable it on the iPhone using a simple hack.

To be honest, I first heard about Emoji icons when we had reported that
Emoji icons could be one of the features in iPhone firmware 2.2 as the beta
version of iPhone firmware 2.2 had revealed emoticons in a single artwork file in the UIKit.framework.

Emoji icons, the Japanese name for the picture characters or emoticons used in messages are apparently very popular in the Japanese mobile market. The lack of features like Emoji icons and ability to watch live TV were cited as one of the reasons for the slow sales in Japan.

Apple has addressed that shortcoming in iPhone firmware 2.2 but the feature is available only to iPhone users on the Japan’s SoftBank network.

However, if you can follow these steps to enable it on your jailbroken iPhone:

"You need to edit the file /User/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Preferences.plist on the device -> whether you use a jailbreak to achieve this or merely some iTunes backup editor is up to you.

Add the following boolean key as ‘true’: KeyboardEmojiEverywhere

Then merely go to the Keyboards section of the Settings app, hit Japanese, and turn on Emoji."

Troughton-Smith points out:

Will work for any text field/view in the OS, including on websites, AND including the titles of items on SpringBoard (e.g. if you save a bookmark to the home screen).

Once you get this to work remember that the recipients phone should also support Emoji icons.

I haven’t tried this hack so please proceed with caution and remember to take the necessary backups before proceeding.

Do you plan to try this hack? If yes, tell us your favorite Emoji icon.

[Steven Troughton-Smith’s blog via Gizmodo]

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