Jelly Bean’s Emoji List Now Available in Android 4.0 Via Mod
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean didn’t only bring 60 FPS Project Butter action and that cool Google Now, but also a list of cute emoji icons available via keyboard on your device. Since those emoji were only available on Jelly Bean, someone decided to port them to Android 4.0 ICS as well, via a software mod.
A moderator from XDA has created a zip file that gives you the cute smiley faces to use in your dialog, once you flash the software. iOS users have been toying with emoji for a while and Android 4.0 users must be jealous. The way to do this is pretty simple. You must know that Android uses a set of fallback fonts, that display characters not included in the primary font area. What the XDA folks did was modify the fallback_font.xml in /systems/etc/ and add the AndroidEmoji.ttf, plus change the priority of calling the fallback fonts.
That’s all it took to get them to work on Ice Cream Sandwich, but if you’re not familiar with such code editing, you shouldn’t mess with it. The XDA Developer thread here has more details. You need to flash with CMW first, be rooted and make a backup. Download the emoji pack from here.