Mar 26th 2015

What is Emoji?

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Hey guys,

It seems that is everyone’s CRAZY about emoji.
From your 9 year old kid sister, to your 83 year old grandmother, it seems like everyone’s adding yellow smiley (or not so smiley) faces to their messages and SMS.
However, what is emoji, who invented it and when did it take over the world? No one knows.
That’s why Ginger is here to help and give you all the info you need to know about EMOJI.

The word emoji literally means, in Japanese, “picture” (e) and “character” (moji), and it was created around 1998 by Shigetaka Kurita in Japan.
The definition of each emoji is quite fuzzy, as they are embedded in complicated social context, making them open to interpretation.
However, you can find the different meanings and descriptions of the most popular emoji on Emojipedia.

Hope this helped you understand a little bit more about emoji :)

Cheers,
Liron and the Ginger Team

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Mar 16th 2015

Ginger gives you an insider’s glimpse into US messaging habits

Hey guys,

As you know, today, there’s an app for almost everything, and it seems that there’s nothing we can’t do without using our smart phones.
However, it looks like the obsession with texting has reached a new level.

According to recent studies, most smartphone users check their phones 150 times a day.
Americans open their keyboard 171 times a day, and more than half (94) of the time keyboards are opened, they’re used to write messages.

Interestingly, although you can find many free messaging apps, the native SMS is still the most popular messaging medium (by far).

Although Facebook Messenger is the undisputed king, hands-down. During the weekdays the coveted second spot is held by WhatsApp, rotating with the upstart Kik during the weekends.

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Have a great week, and don’t forget to use Ginger Keyboard for all that texting.

Cheers,
Liron and the Ginger Team.

 

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Mar 9th 2015

Ginger presents: Our top 10 Phrases

Hey guys,

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Each Wednesday we post a brand new Phrase on our website.

However, today we decided to list our picks for the top 10 phrases and their meanings:

  1. Take a Chill Pill - When someone is stressed and you want him/her to calm down and relax, you say “Take a Chill Pill”.
  2. Comfort Food - Food that gives emotional comfort and provides a nostalgic or sentimental feeling to the person eating it.
  3. Once in a Blue Moon - Something that happens very rarely. However, in the past, the meaning of the phrase was something that was preposterous and unreasonable.
  4. Icing on the Cake - Something positive that enhances a situation that’s already good.
  5. Prima Donna - Someone who behaves in a demanding and arrogant way, often expecting special treatment and usually unable to work well with others.
  6. Backseat Driver - Someone who gives unwanted and unneeded advice. Usually interfering in affairs without having the authority and knowledge to do so.
  7. Bring Home the Bacon - To earn a living for the family.
  8. Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget - Someone who lives above her means and likes expensive things she can’t possibly afford.
  9. Copycat - Someone who copies the work or mimics the actions of others.
  10. It ain’t over till the Fat Lady Sings - The final outcome of an event cannot be predicted until it has come to a conclusion.

Well, those are our picks for the top 10, let us know yours.

Cheers,
Liron and the Ginger Team.

*To read more about each phrase, its meaning, an example of use and the origin or first recorded use, please go to Ginger’s POD Page Here.  

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Mar 1st 2015

Feb 24th 2015

Introducing Smart Bar for Ginger Keyboard: Use other apps without leaving the keyboard

Today’s update marks an important milestone for Ginger, with the long-awaited introduction of our Smart Bar to the world.

With its release, Ginger Keyboard is now the only keyboard that lets you not only launch, but also use other apps directly from the keyboard. Download it here!

Other new features included in this update are Emoji Art and Animated GIFs so that you can express yourself visually when you can’t find the right words.

The possibilities made available with the release of Smart Bar really get us excited; here at Ginger, we’re focused on building products that help you save time  when using your mobile device. Now, for the first time ever, you’ll be able to take notes, set up events, send an email, start a chat (basically any action another  app can offer) without leaving your keyboard.

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The name Smart Bar isn’t just a snappy way to call our feature either; we built it after figuring out that people often quickly rotate between Ginger Keyboard  and other apps. We figured out that we could save you guys a lot of time if we gave you the option to use the apps you want without having to go back and forth  between them and our keyboard. Down the road we plan on integrating our patented text analysis technology into the Smart Bar so that it can understand which app you want to use before you realize it yourself. Other plans include finalizing deals with popular 3rd party app developers for tighter integration into  Smart Bar.

We’ve also been listening to your requests… and have delivered big time with the release of fun communicating features like Emoji Art and Animated GIFs. To access them, just tap the emoji and then scroll through the new icons to see all cool new ways you can express yourself.

Please feel free to check out our new Help Center for more info on functionality. We’re always happy to hear your feedback in our Community – while you’re there, please feel free to join our Beta community to get Ginger goodies before everyone else.

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