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God Help Us: Googlers Made a Walkie Talkie App Fueled by Emoji

A new messaging app has hit Google Play, cooked up by the minds over at Google. The app is called Supersonic, an emoji-powered voice app that converts your speech into shareable emoji messages. Think of it as a walkie talkie app, but instead of realtime communication, the app listens to your message, uses its brain to change words into emoji characters, then shares the message with a single recipient or group of people. 

Now, before you lose your mind, this is not a Google-published application, but instead, is an Area 120 creation. Area 120 is a startup incubator for Googlers who want to work on new projects. What this means is, no, Supersonic isn’t going to replace Hangouts or Android Messages or any nonsense like that. It’s just a fun, unique way of communicating with your friends.

As for using the app, it’s actually pretty sweet. Once you download it, you will log into your Google account, attempt to get a few friends to use it with you, then start chatting away. To start a message, hold down on the mic button, speak your message, then the app will do its work in converting speech into emoji. Keep in mind, not every word is supported by an emoji, but the built-in bot states that over 5,000 words are supported.

After your message is changed, it will be sent off to your friend. On their end, the emojis will be spoken aloud (a feature that can be disabled), which helps decipher all of the different emoji characters. You can always attempt to translate the emoji yourself, which could be fun.

I chatted with the bot for a bit and it does seem to work quite well. If you have a friend that might enjoy using Supersonic with you, give it a try!

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  • sinfoman

    See, this is what I hear #showingmyage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2QZEuu2n18

  • Daistaar

    Am I the only one singing Rick Astley now? Rick rolled by Google. Highlight of my day lol.

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  • section08

    Alright now they’re trolling us

  • Cory

    What are the words for 💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩?

  • Ryan

    Hey google. maybe fund a startup for a company that make an all-inclusive messaging/sms/video app.

  • Cakefish
    • redbar0n11

      It probably because that dictionary would be so incredibly convoluted to get all the wacky phrases from the UK LOL

      • Cakefish

        We understand imported US shows like The Walking Dead easily. We could definitely handle using US English version of the app to start with. We’re actually pretty clued up on US English because USA dominates films and TV shows.

        I’m making it seem like I’d use the app aren’t I? I wouldn’t but I never like seeing pointless regional restrictions. We share the same language.

        • redbar0n11


          Yeah, I’m not a Dev, so beyond the whole language thing (which seems moot in this case) I haven’t known why these restrictions are in place. Probably a money chain or politics related somehow – that’s usually how the world works these days.

          • Cakefish

            Aye, that sure is.

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  • James Arthur

    WTF! we just got rick rolled in emojis

  • IncCo

    So its like a Rebus every time you try to talk to someone.

  • JP
  • foghorn67

    I demand one Google messaging app a month.

  • trevorsalienarms

    Aren’t emojis the exclusive domain of teenage girls?

    • Dre

      No. Fool.

      • trevorsalienarms

        That response pretty much convinces me I was right in the first place.

  • Gekko

    seems like something out of Idiocracy 2.

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  • Grits n Gravy

    Inching ever closer to the true utopia of the movie Idiocracy

    • PerhapsNever

      Inching? No, that was last decade. We are full steam ahead at this point.

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    What a time to be alive

  • VAVAMk_2

    Another day, another Google messaging app

    • Suicide_Note

      Except it’s not a Google messaging app. Maybe try reading the article?

      • VAVAMk_2


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      I was thinking more along the lines of

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  • CompCrash

    Am I the only that sees the Rick Rolling going on in the image?

    • Trevor

      Oh fo sho

    • sinfoman

      DAMMIT. Beat me to it…

  • Murphy’s Magnet

    So THIS is their answer to iMessage?

  • Drooblz

    That app icon looks a lot like Telegram’s….

  • akazerotime
    • Yup, same thing, but emoji! I absolutely loved that app!

  • Allo Alley

    Morons. Google can’t give us SMS integration in Allo, but they can give us this?

    • OligarchyAmbulance

      Someone didn’t read the article at all.

      • Ryan

        Google still funded it. Google still committed resources to it. Maybe they could put their money to something that isnt garbage for a change.

  • Elwin G

    Is it April 1st already??