So a lot of people were reporting that the Android app was crashing right when you open it. I just spend the last couple of hours with a developer and we think we’ve identified some kind of database error that was causing the crash. Hopefully it’s now fixed. The new version 1.1 of the app has been submitted to Google Play and should be available in a couple of hours. If you’ve already downloaded the app you should get some sort of notification saying there’s a free update. I’m not 100% sure how it works in Android. Please update to version 1.1 and then leave a comment if it’s working now. If you left a negative review because it crashed and it’s now working please do me a huge favour and remove the negative review and put a 5-star one instead. Positive reviews are incredibly important to helping the app get found in the app store especially since there are so many copycat apps that have stolen content and graphics from this site. If you update to version 1.1 and you’re still having problems. Please do not post a negative review. Leave a comment here or email me at (removed) and let me know what the error is, what kind of phone you’re using and what version of Android you’re using. I’ll set up another meeting with this developer and we’ll try to get any other issues fixed then. Thank you very much if you downloaded the app and thank you even more if you left a positive review. Please let me know if the app’s working now or if we’re still having problems. One more thing, if you haven’t downloaded the app yet don’t download version 1. Just wait a couple of hours and download version 1.1.
Well it took way longer than I originally planned and a ton of stuff went wrong during the process but the Japanese Emoticons Android app is finally finished and available for download on Google Play! I ended up having to hire a second developer to help me finish and submit everything but everything is good now and I’m quite excited that this app is finally available. Making an Android app I’ve now learned is pretty different from making an iOS app so the Android app doesn’t match the iOS one 100% but it’s really close. So click the link below to download the app and enjoy and a final note please leave a 5-star review. That is the absolute best way to show your support. The more good reviews the app gets the better chance it has of people finding it.
So I’ve been getting a lot of emails, comments and messages about the Android app so I thought I’d make a post explaining what’s going on because it’s a little bit messed up. I got the first build of the app probably over a month ago now. Everything was working great, there was just a few minor issues I found when my friends and tested the app on their Android phones. I sent them the list of fixes and they said I’d get the next build soon, which I hoped would be the final build and everything would be good to launch. At this point communication started breaking down and they stopped returning most of my messages and emails but I did get a message a couple of weeks ago saying I should get the second build of the app the next day. I haven’t been able to get a response out of them since. The people working on my app are great. They built the most recent version of the iOS app and did a fantastic job and up until the first build of the Android version everything was fantastic as well. The problem is that I hired a group of people from an app development company that’s based in the Ukraine and due to everything that’s going on over there right now politically I don’t think they’re at work… So the whole situation kind of sucks for everyone right now and I feel for them. I’m sure they’d like to be at work getting paid to make apps and life in general probably really sucks for them right now especially since their country was just invaded by Russia… On my side however it also sucks. The app is almost done and I’ve already sunk a significant amount of money into this project. I can probably make a case to get my money back through the site I hired them through since I never got the final product but that’s not entirely fair to them either since they’ve almost finished doing all the work. Plus then I have to go through all the trouble of finding a new contractor, interviewing people and start development from scratch again. So my plan at this point is to wait another little bit for things in the Ukraine to hopefully calm done. I’m hoping everything will settle down, these guys will go back to work and then it should just be a couple of days at the most to test out that last build and maybe fix one or two more tiny things. The app is really close to being done. If that doesn’t happen then at some point I’ll have to assume the worst happened to them and fight to get my money back and start development over again which is too bad because I really liked working with these guys. So for everyone wondering, that’s where we’re at right now with the Android app.
Question for Android experts!I know very little about developing apps and even less about Android since I’ve never really used it. I have an APK file of the first build of the app. Is this useful at all for development? Would I be able to hand this file off to another developer and would they be able to access the code and finish developing the app? I don’t have any of the source code or working files and I know now for an iOS app at least there’s a whole folder of various resources and things you need. Is everything somehow contained in the APK file or is that pretty much useless? Thanks in advance if anyone is able to help answer this question.
@hyunjin9095 on Twitter recently pointed out an awesome Easter egg with Google Translate where if you type the names of Japanese animals in you’ll see kaomoji emoticons. To trigger this Easter egg first go to translate.google.com and select from Japanese to English. Then start typing the name of a Japanese animal into the box. If you just type in Romaji (English letters) it should automatically convert the syllables to Hiragana. If that doesn’t happen then click on the button at the bottom with the Hiragana character for a: あ. Once you type the Japanese word, in this case I typed neko, the Japanese word for cat, hit the down arrow on your keyboard. This would normally give you different Kanji, Katakana and what not for the syllables you entered but in some cases, like neko, it’ll give you Japanese emoticons! There are a bunch of different animals that Google Translate will give kaomoji for: Cat: neko Dog: inu Koala: koara Snake: hebi Bird: tori Fish: sakana Some animals though like rabbit (usagi) don’t bring up any emoticons. I tried typing in some emotions too like happy (ureshii) and sad (kanashii) and it didn’t really give me anything. Typing kanashii did give me some Western emoticons like :( and :-( though… So I don’t know, it only really seems to work with animals but the word sad did give a couple other emoticons so I bet there are other words you can type in that will show other kaomoji emoticons too! It’s nice to see kaomoji emoticons getting out there in more and more places. If you find anything else hidden in Google Translate please share it in the comments.
Valentines Day is almost here and whether you love this day or hate it there are Japanese emoticons for you. This is actually an event where we have a ton of appropriate emoticons in our Love, Kissing and Hugging categories. I’m not going to bother posting them all again here but I am going to point out my favourites. If you’re excited for Valentines day and you’re looking for some excellent kaomojis to text to your significant other, here are some of my favourites: ( ´͈ ॢꇴ `͈ॢ)･*♡ (๑ˊ͈ ॢꇴ ˋ͈)〜♡॰ॱ I love how expressive the face on both these emoticons are. (人-ω-)｡o.ﾟ｡*･♡Good Night♡･*｡ﾟo｡(-ω-人) This is a very sweet emoticon to text your significant other before you fall asleep if you’re apart. *ଘ( ॢᵕ꒶̮ᵕ(꒡ᵋ ꒡ღ)zZ‥ Here’s another sweet emoticon kissing someone who’s asleep. (づ￣ ³￣)づ This is always an excellent kissing/hugging/glomping emoticon appropriate for almost any situation. (ʃƪ ˘ ³˘) This is another really cute and sweet looking kissing emoticon. Shy emoticons also work great for Valentines Day if you like someone and you’re really shy. Now if you’re not looking forward to Valentines Day and all the commercialism and what not there are some excellent kaomoji that you can use too, especially when those couples you know post all kinds of Valentines Day nonsense on their Facebook pages. (∿°○°)∿ ︵ ǝʌol (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡︵ ǝʌol (╯°□°）╯︵ ǝʌol (╯°Д°）╯︵ ǝʌol These are all variations of the table flipping emoticon but they’re perfect if you’ve had it with “love”. ( ◜◡＾)っ✂╰⋃╯ If there’s a male you’re particularly angry with then this emoticon is quite appropriate. Any emoticon from the angry category also work perfectly when people won’t shut up about Valentines Day. There’s also actually a bunch of Valentines Day emoji as well. From left to right in the top row you have: a church for a wedding, a love hotel, some chocolate since in Japan on Valentines Day girls give chocolates to guys they like, a wrapped heart sort of gift, a guy and girl holding hands, two guys holding hands, two girls holding hands, a kiss, a couple and two bunny girls (because why not?) From left to right in the middle row you have: a guy bowing in apology because he screwed up and didn’t get a Valentines gift for his girl, several different colours of hears, a broken heart, a growing heart, a beating heart and two hearts. On the bottom row from left tonight you have: a sparkling heart, revolving hearts, a heart pierced by an arrow, a low note, a kiss/lipstick mark, an engagement ring, a diamond and a glass of wine.