Ever since the release of firmware 2.1 for the iPhone, users had to resort to a slew of different hacks and methods (done through jailbreak apps or the importing 27 contacts trick) in order to enable the very popular Emoji icons found on Japanese iPhones. Now a simple search of ’emoji’ at the App Store will reveal three apps that will do the dirty work for you and enable these funky icons. While two are currently $0.99 apps (Touch Dial Emoji and Typing Genius – Free Emoji), Spell Number – Emoji For Free can be downloaded for free. After installing Spell Number, go here to see simple instructions on how to activate your Emojis. This is probably the easiest (and cheapest) way to go if you want to add some flavor to your iPhone messages.
Rumors are running rampant of a 2.2 firmware release on November 21 after iPhoneHellas.gr first reported the news. While 2.1 has been its most reliable and stable release thus far, users are still hoping for copy and paste along with other features. Though copy and paste doesn’t seem to be making an appearance this time round, other new features include:
- New look Safari with Google search bar occupying its own space on title bar
- Ability to turn off auto-correction on and off (a welcome addition for sure)
- 461 emojicons for Japanese iPhones
- New Language support
- Google Street view and Google trainsit information (another useful feature)
- Download podcasts wirelessly
- In the App Store, categories now show icons of applications as opposed to text. ‘Tell A Friend’ & ‘Report A Problem’ are added In each page of an application
- The Line-in audio is activated and can be used through the headphone jack.
While the release of 2.2 won’t have the same anticipation as 2.1, most users will probably upgrade the minute it is available . Time will tell if November 21 is for real.