UPDATE: TexMoji is now available for purchase for in the iTunes App Store. The app costs $1.99.
AUSTIN (KXAN) — The next revolution in text messaging communications is about to be a Texas revolution. Rocksauce Studios is working to finish the TexMoji app in time for summer 2015 release to proud Texan smartphone users.
“We’re Texas boys, born and raised in Texas. They’re Texas boys; there is a sort of Texas pride and specific thing that we have that other states don’t necessarily have,” said Q Manning, CEO of Rocksauce. “I don’t know if an Iowa emoji app would be as popular.”
This was the brainchild of singer-songwriter Rich O’Toole and Sean Compton, the creator of the “Sorry, I’m Texan” Twitter account. They reached out to Rocksauce to make it happen. The company is creating a couple hundred little graphics that can be used within text messages.
“Things like breakfast tacos, straight-up tacos, the Alamo, Texas flag,” said Manning. “We love our state, and we love tacos. And we want to show it off.”
Compton told KXAN by email that his hope is to have the app listed at $0.99- $1.99 for a download. However, pricing has not yet been finalized.
Emojis took off after smartphone developers and wireless companies decided to spice up the traditional emoticons. Those were created by people online to reflect mood in type, by combining characters and symbols to create a picture. The emoji, takes it one step further, allowing texters to insert their favorite pictures. TexMoji will not use specific logos. However, the pictures are easily recognizable to Texans.
“Even the Whataburger fun stuff. And apparently we’ve already been retweeted by Whataburger, which is kind of fun for us as well,” said Manning. “So far, the reception has been pretty amazing. A lot of people want it. I have a lot of people who I don’t even know want it, repost it on their Twitter and Facebook feeds.”