The massification and popularity acquired by emoticons has generated a new way of communicating moods, feelings, reactions and even complete sentences. However, despite having the same Unicode encoding, its interpretation is subject to different cultural contexts depending on the environment of the person who uses them, especially when the different platforms have their own design. This is the case of the purple alien monster from WhatsApp.
It is a space creature with tentacles and two eyes that give it a friendly countenance. Most of the platforms were inspired by classic 80s arcade games like Space Invaders, giving it an 8-bit pixelated look in purple.
In the case of Samsung, its appearance is more similar to an octopus, and even in previous versions an alien with a giant brain was shown, similar to the Star Trek style. While Google and Microsoft became more attached to alien monsters than cartoons showed.
At first, the icon was part of the proprietary, non-standardized set of emojis that were first integrated by Japanese operators such as Softbank, but later integrated into Apple’s iOS 2.2 as a feature that could be unlocked on the iPhones that were sold. in English-speaking countries.
It is generally used to refer to subjects related to extraterrestrial life, such as the alien emoji, but its main difference is that it is also related to games and computers, probably due to its design.
Users have no limits to send the space monster in their conversations, as they also apply it to convey feelings of rarity and even emotion, especially due to the tentacles of the monster that appears to have its arms raised in celebration of something.
The alien monster was approved by Unicode 6.0 in 2010 and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015.