These animated emojis are made using the TrueDepth camera and a host of other technologies such as infrared camera and dot projector. These software scan and map your face and voice and transform the data into adorable animations.
Replicating Apple features on Android (or vice versa) is a never-ending affair and I doubt it's fading in the near future. This time around, developers have raced ahead to build Animoji apps for Android.
But can software simulation alone compete against hi-tech software and hardware?
If you dig around, you'll end up finding numerous apps on Google Play Store that claim to easily produce Animojis. But can software simulation alone compete against hi-tech software and hardware? Highly doubtful.
We started off by searching for iPhone X Animoji in the Play Store. It did surprise me that a few of the apps had a 4+ rating.
However, no matter how hard I tried, the only result I was able to get out of the first app was two full-face emojis that barely came close to iPhone's Animojis. The only point of resemblance was the motion tracking.
The rest of them? Well, it had more in common with stickers that you'd find in all camera apps these days or on Instagram Stories. But thankfully, we didn't encounter many ads in the app.
Dissatisfied, we headed off again to the Play Store and, this time, we picked up one app that proudly mentioned all the relevant Animoji keywords in its name.
Unfortunately, we had to leave this one as soon as we opened it. Apart from displaying the number of emojis that it supported and dozens of ads in between, the app showed a download time of up to 3 hours.
Ads, Ads, and More Ads
Not among those to be easily disheartened, we tried our luck, yet again, and combed through the Play Store to find some more reliable apps for animated emoji. The ones we found claimed to be an Animoji maker for phone X — yes, with the i missing.
The number of full-screen in-app ads in this one is sure to exasperate anyone. If you're anyway lucky to get past the ads, there's nothing remotely resembling the iPhone X Animojis.
Instead, you'll land up on a page that lets you put eyes and a nose on a blank emoji. Motion tracker? *blows a raspberry*
Android 0 - Apple 1
If you're still wondering whether the iPhone X-like Animojis work on Android phones, the answer is a resounding no. At least, for now.
While some of the apps can track your face at the very least and place a big blob on it, the rest take the highway to monetization. To repeat my point again, I couldn't find a single decent app on the Play Store that wrapped up all the features of Animojis — voice, motion tracking, and cool emojis.
So, until the day your phone is equipped with the complementing hardware and software, the best option is to move past the download button. Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat offer built-in stickers that should be enough for now to satiate your need for animated and funny stickers.