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Ever wanted to search for something using emojis? Now you can*

*Provided you use Bing, that is.

Image: iemoji

GOOGLE MIGHT DOMINATE the search engine industry, but that doesn’t stop its rivals from trying different (and weird) things to try and separate themselves from the pack.

The latest example of this comes from Bing, the search engine owned by Microsoft, which is now providing search results for using emojis instead of words.

The search engine is able to recognise the semantic meaning of the emoji, and turns it into text. This allows it to present results from that alone, meaning it’s possible to search using emojis alone.

So if you wanted to find out what the capital city of a country is, you only need the emoji of that country’s flag to complete part of it. It will even recognise the Konami code should you still remember it off by heart.

Emoji-3 Source: Windows

While it’s mostly a gimmick, its more useful option is to tell you what exactly an emoji means, just in case you’ve been left befuddled by the more cryptic examples that appear in your messages.

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