On Tuesday, Skype introduced its own version of emojis the “mojis” in an attempt to make lackluster conversations more engaging and fun.
Skype team admitted that the app’s conventional emoticons are sometimes not enough to express real life situations that feel like they’re straight out of the movies. So they handpicked funny or suggestive short moments from our favorite films and TV shows.
Skype users can now make their chat more fun by choosing and pulling mojis directly into their chat window and let them do the talk. The mojis, which are more like animated gifs but with sound, can better depict awkward, hilarious, or tense moments like no emoticon or emoji can, the team believes.
Microsoft-owned voice call app’s technicians announced that mojis were designed to make the app an even more personal experience by granting users new ways of expressing themselves online.
On mobile platforms, you can send a moji by tapping their buttons. The emojis can be browsed by TV show or expression, can be previewed and introduced by drag-and-drop into the chat window.
Skype team disclosed that they personally picked the most relevant, funny and expressive TV and movie moments they could find. But the team had to close deals with film studios, broadcasters, and individual movie producers including Universal Studios and BBC beforehand.
Additionally, as Skype will continue to expand its moji database it will need to close more agreements with studios worldwide to allow it to add new movie characters and moments to the collection.
So far, the collection includes short clips from The Muppets Show, Bridesmaids, Jurassic Park, Despicable Me and others. The collection which is one of a kind will be constantly updated with nearly each upgrade, so make sure you have the latest version on your device.
The new feature will be available for machines that run, Android, iOS, Mac OS and Windows. So far, there’s no word from the Skype team whether or when they will roll out a version for Windows Phone.
On June 18, Skype rolled out a set of emoticons taken from the “Inside Out” movie in a first attempt to make Skype conversations more fun and colorful. In order to introduce Joy, Disgust, Sadness, Anger and Fear to the extended emoticon family, the team had to request permission from Disney/Pixar. But the emoticons would be available for just three months, Skype team wrote on the official blogsite.
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