I was at a friend’s house and she showed me her phone after getting a bunch of cryptic messages from an iOS user. I realized emoji doesn’t necessarily render correctly on Android phones. Apparently KitKat fixes this to some success, however, she can’t upgrade to that OS quite yet. Google Hangouts as her SMS application helped some but only to send. She still receives the malformed UTF-16 characters.
Anyone have a good suggestion for an app or keyboard to install on a non-rooted Android device?