Animoji apps for Android? They are all a fraud

Animoji is one of the signature features of the iPhone X. It's basically a bunch of cute characters that are animated live with your facial mimics. Even though it seems a bit silly, the idea is actually a ton of fun once you actually try it yourself.

So naturally, Android users might be wondering: is there an animoji app for Android?

We tried a few of the best ranking animoji apps for Android, all carrying names like "Animoji for phone X", and not a single one of them is even close to what you have on the iPhone. You might be tempted to try a few of them yourself, but be warned: you will be bombarded with ads and on some apps we found it hard to even enter the main screen of the app, it was just blocked by full-screen ads. We would be willing to deal with a few ads if the quality was at least decent, but it's anything but: these apps are simply trash. They are put together by developers hoping to monetize the rush of people looking for animoji on Android.

The reality is that animoji uses the advanced TrueDepth front camera of the iPhone X and it is simply impossible to get similar effect using a regular front camera.

So if you want to get fun animated faces, your best bets remain Snapchat and Instagram, but definitely not the bunch of scam animoji apps on the Google Play Store right now.



1. mikehunta727 unregistered

Careful, they could contain malware too

17. Peacetoall unregistered

Literally this , google play protect is trash their screening of apps is crap compared to app store. Btw nice timing mikehunta

21. mikehunta727 unregistered

Yeah I really wish Google permitted apps on a per app review basis

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

"it is simply impossible to get similar effect using a regular front camera" Absolute bulls**t, it is pretty easy to get a similar effect using a regular camera. You don't need 30.000 3D points to make a pretty abstract 3d facial model to mimic your facial expressions. Just google markerless capture for real-time animation.

9. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

This!! Its absolutely, no problem to be made. BTW who cares about animoji ?? Well , may be some. But I don't see what is the problem to be made such app on Android? Simply android ppl don't pay for such BS things(could try them only for free). That's why the developers don't care much.

12. Phullofphil

Posts: 1832; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

As of right now it is not happening reliable except on the iPhone. Yeah they are not that big of deal. But I think of it as more of showing of what the face camera can do. Right now Apple has the best face recognition on any smartphone. You don’t have to like it. Like anybody needs to know all your negative thoughts. Your right you don’t need 30000 3D points but tell you what it does it really well

18. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Did I say anything about the facial recognition or did I claim there was an app like that on Android? Only thing I did was comment on part of the article whifh was absolutely untrue. Don't worry I'm not attacking your precious Apple.

25. bucknassty

Posts: 1374; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

can we compare to the sony phone????

27. midan

Posts: 3131; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Try to keep up, he said regular front camera and you are talking about regular camera.

29. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I am talking about a regular camera as in a non-true-depth camera. This includes the front camera. Try to keep up will ya.

4. ahmadkun

Posts: 670; Member since: May 02, 2016

am i getting old or what , i can't see a single benefit of using it ! people getting exciting for what ?

5. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Because it is fun? How is this a difficult concept to grasp?

11. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Out there are thousands of fun-apps. Right? Why exactly this one?

13. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I mean... that's a really loaded question. Who said you couldn't use the other fun apps as well?

8. whatev

Posts: 2428; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I’m an apple user and I kinda agree with you, I find it funny nevertheless but I think I’d never use it myself, this is like the next Snapchat, I have never used it and will never but people is crazy about it

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Lol! The best thing would be Talking Tom.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31664; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Don't put that crap on your phone. Apple has vested a lot into the actual experience and it works well. At some point, they'll come to android, until then, just wait.

28. mikehunta727 unregistered

Yeah bro don't trust random 3rd party devs that scrambled to make a half ass attempt at this. Its just pure data grabs for these developers imo when people download this garbage Wait for OEM's to officially implement this

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31664; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


10. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I'd pass anyway. I can see where the Middle School crowd might like it though.

14. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

"it is simply impossible to get similar effect using a regular front camera"  What a load of presstitute BS. Even my 2008 HP Pavilion laptop with crappy 720p webcam could do similar with the Cyberlink YouCam software that came bundled. But alas, wasn't expecting any less from victor...

16. Peacetoall unregistered

Your each and every post really makes sense. Kudos.

15. Phullofphil

Posts: 1832; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Why does almost every article end up almost right away get to be Apple android mudlinging. No matter what the article is about.

24. cmdacos

Posts: 4334; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Clicks and interactions

30. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

oh wait, when is phonearena going to write about that Samsung advert (growing up) that destroys Apple man Samsung is savage and I loved it, am just waiting for Apple to come back from that.

35. paul.k

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

33. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

iVictor, not even trying to be subtle about trashing Android anymore. Nice bait article

34. MarmiteTheDog

Posts: 192; Member since: Jul 31, 2017

Why would anyone over the age of 12 even care about stuff like this?

36. MrHusz

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 15, 2017

By the way, the animoji just use the front facing camera to animate the emoji. Apple not using their true depth sensing to animate the emoji. Its just a proud of them that they have animoji. But the truth.. any phone that have front facing camera capable of doing that by using software and camera only. If dont trust me..use the iphone X and cover the depth sensing sensor..u will notice that the animoji still Why apple not use in other iphone?

37. CherM

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 13, 2018

I "HAD" the Iphone X and returned it; certainly not worth the cash. AND the animoji feature was a total joke. Firstly, it barely moved along with my face, and secondly, you have TEN (10) seconds to record and send it in a message. That's ridiculous! I found it to be a joke. Then I read where Apple actually STOLE the creation from a guy who went there to sell it to them. They turned him down and next thing you know, they put it on their phones and even used the name he was calling it when he presented it to them. Google it and you'll see. I truly HATE Apple - they rip off EVERYONE, including their customers, every chance they get. I like the product, BUT HATE THE COMPANY.

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