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Emoji convey a lot using very little, and now Yelp has tapped into this to speed up its searches. No, the results don't come in any faster. Rather, instead of typing out a word as long as "hamburger," just insert a picture of one. Want to hit up a bar? Head to the emoji section of your keyboard and drop in a frosty mug. Yelp will know what to do.

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Yelp doesn't just handle food, and the app is more than happy to provide the addresses for nearby churches, banks, and hotels. Searching for lipstick will bring up a list of cosmetic stores, whereas inserting a tie will reveal local areas to buy a nice suit. The app can even handle a fair degree of nuance. Searching for a bikini will bring back lists of locations to buy swimwear, provide places to get waxed, make laser skincare recommendations, or point you to the local bikini-themed bar.

Usefulness aside, some results are just plain funny, so don't be conservative with the emoji you experiment with. Go ahead, try searching for poop.

Poop

The functionality works in the current version of Yelp, which you can get via the widget below.

Via The Next Web and The Date Report

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    This is why we need a poop emoji. I couldn't find it in the Google keyboard :-[

    • skitchbeatz

      It's there!

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Thanks, totally missed it.

      • BigTimmay

        How'd you get all of those in Google Keyboard? I'm running Play Store version and have gone into settings and installed "Emoji for English words". If I long press Return, I only get this: http://i.imgur.com/kp2uQlu.png

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          You have to be on KitKat.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          You have to be on KitKat.

    • nawa

      It's certainly there 💩

    • http://rodneysolomonjr.net Rodney Solomon

      Wow, you sure you deserve to be a "Police" staffer? #trolling #justjokesfolks

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        In my defense, I didn't expect to find feces hiding among faces.

        • http://rodneysolomonjr.net Rodney Solomon

          lol. nice.

    • Kcls

      Why are the emoji in the screenshot in the article iOS emoji?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        These are the emojis that come up on my Note 3 with KitKat. Why are they iOS?

        • Kcls

          Not the emoji in the comment a few above, the emoji in the article. They are the iOS emojis; see how they're all 3D with gradients and such? That's iOS style emoji. All Android emoji are completely flat in design.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            The emoji in the article are from my Note 3.

          • Kcls

            Oh, weird, these are the emoji on my Nexus 4, Stock 4.4: http://imgur.com/a/UXER0

            See how the beer emoji is flat on mine, but gradient-y on yours? I guess Samsung uses the iOS style emoji in touchwiz.

          • ddpacino

            Samsung... what did you expect?! ;-)

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        These are the emojis that come up on my Note 3 with KitKat. Why are they iOS?

      • Matthew Fry

        Uh... aren't the emoji keyboard specific? My Note 3 with Fleksy has poop with eyeballs.

        • Kcls

          Well they're based on a font. Whichever font the developer of the keyboard chooses is up to them, but there are (afaik) only 2 emoji fonts: Android's and iOS's. Android emoji are all flat, like in my screenshots above, while iOS emoji are all more "3d" in nature, like the screenshots in the article.

          • Matthew Fry

            This is what mine look like. They are similar to Artem's but different...

          • ddpacino

            Wonder if Apple will jock Android's to go with the 'flat' look in iOS8.

  • darkdude1

    It'd take me longer to find the emjoi than to just type it...Cool idea though I guess.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    this is cool.

  • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

    I'm really proud of Taco Bell's ranking here.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      This is too good.

  • Martim

    Why are there iOS emoji in the screenshot instead of Android emoji? ಠ_ಠ

  • Matthew Fry

    Hahaha. My first thought was the poop emoji. I'm apparently 5 years old.

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