Google now also allows you to search using emoji characters

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Back in October 2014, Bing enabled searching by emoji, but Google was unable to return any results when you used emoji characters. Now that has changed — You can now search on Google desktop or mobile using emoji characters.

Try it by searching for [🍎] or [🐵] or other characters, and Google will no longer show you that there are no results; instead, Google will show you results for the emoji character. Here are some screen shots:

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It also works on mobile, as you’d expect:

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Again, the key difference between how Google handles emoji searches and how Bing does it is that Google shows you a result set for the emoji character with emoji results, and Bing just shows you for the character. So when you search for <img src=" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /> on Google, it shows you <img src=" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /> emoji results, but Bing shows you Apples, Apple.com and so on.

Hat tip to David Naylor for spotting this.

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