You'll never guess what that emoji means

You'll never guess what that emoji means

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You may have noticed that the same emoji appears differently if you use it in on Facebook or Twitter, but there’s more to it than that. Outside of these applications, which offer uniformity across their own platforms, the emoji are rendered differently depending on the manufacturer of your device. This means that an emoji sent via SMS from a Nexus looks different when an iPhone displays it. And this isn’t just an aesthetic difference, the meaning of the emoji changes.
The GroupLens Research team, from the University of Minnesota, recently published their findings from a curious study to see how emoji are displayed and interpreted on different devices.
The same emoji as displayed on different phones. / © GroupLens
As you can see in the picture, the emoji presents a rather strained expression on iOS, Twitter and Facebook, while on other platforms it is clearly a positive, smiling face.
Appearance is one thing, but GroupLens took things further and investigated the impact the characters have on people’s emotions across five major platforms: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung and LG. Participants were asked to assess the positivity or negativity of the emoji’s expression on a scale of -5 to 5.
Apple’s character is perceived as negative, ranking four points below Google’s  / © GroupLens
The results shows that, across a scale of ten, the emotional impact of the “grinning face with smiling eyes” emoji differs by five points, ranging from -1 on Apple to +4 on Google. The way this emoji appears on Apple devices is the same as it appears on WhatsApp and is therefore the most widespread form of the emoji. Within these boundaries, interpretation won’t vary much, but as soon as you

Article originally published at: Droid Life