Back in March, I wrote an article about 5 Very Cool Japanese Mobile Technology Companies from Mobile World Congress and highlighted a company called DCloud. The company is the world’s first Emoji (animated emoticons) based cloud service developed by a consortium between Bijutsu Shuppan, d2c and Dentsu. Simply, it allows developers to embed an SDK into their app and let their users play with over 100k cute emoji’s. Especially for Japanese girls, emoji’s make their messages more cute and animated, wah!  In March the service was in beta; now it is fully public.

The service has just released the Dcloud platform to offer emoji (animated emoticons) to smartphone apps such as: e-mail, blog, SMS, social-networking, picture-editing, etc. on Android, and will be releasing an iOS version as well in the coming months.

To help spread the love of emoji’s, the company is freely offering the SDK to developers to integrate richer communication features into their own applications, such as the ability to access our library of emoji, rich text input, and more.

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Jason Lim

Jason is an Australian born Chinese living in Beijing, specializing in entrepreneurship, start-ups and the investment eco-system in China, especially in the tech and social area.