I’ve considered myself a Windows Phone developer for a while. Ever since I decided to take the leap to Windows Phone, I’ve become quite the fan of the platform. I’ve followed developer blogs, downloaded the tools, and been to developer camps, but until now, I’ve never released a Windows Phone app. Or a mobile app at all, for that matter.
Messaging Emoticons fills a relatively untouched market on this ecosystem by creating a sort of quick-reference guide for all of the emoticons (“emoji”) that Windows Phone offers its users. There are just over 100 available emoticons, and they work when Windows Phone users send them to either Windows Live Messenger friends or other Windows Phone users. When I started the app, there were no complete references to this. Over that time, a few blogs were release on the Windows Phone Developer blog detailing some of the emoticons available, but still no app reference.
So I gave the masses what they needed, and created a complex emoticon reference app. It features two modes. “Compose View” allows you to type a message and insert emoticons into it on the fly without ever losing the on-screen keyboard, and “Copy Mode” shows more emoticons for a quick keyboard copy. In addition to copying emoticons, the app can copy messages into new, unaddressed messages.
But that’s not all. Emoticons are sorted by category, so users can filter emoticons by category for easy reference, and even save a new category to load when the app starts. There’s also a favorites category that users can control themselves. A context menu appears when a user holds his or her finger on any emoticon. From there, the user can add or remove the emoticon from their favorites, copy it, or pin it as a live tile (where the user can tap on it for a quick copy without ever having to see the main page of the app).
For more information, view my new apps page.
Messaging Emoticons is ad-supported and is available now for free in the Windows Phone marketplace. An update will be available soon with higher-resolution images and a few additional emoticons.