SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 15, 2016) - Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU), the leading Chinese-language Internet search provider, today announced that it has released an updated Android version of its popular emoji app, Facemoji Keyboard (previously named Simeji), for the US market. The new version of Facemoji Keyboard includes predictive emojis, animated custom keyboards and thousands of GIFs.

Key updates for Facemoji Keyboard version 1.7 on Android include:

  • Predictive emoji combos: Facemoji will automatically provide smart, predictive and unique emoji suggestions when users type in popular messages like "happy b-day".
  • Customizable keyboard skins: Users can overlay their own photos onto their mobile device's keyboard for a more personalized chat experience.
  • iOS-style emojis: Android users can now chat with iOS-style emojis, which can be used on Whatsapp, Snapchat, Facebook, Messenger, kik, Instagram and more.

Facemoji Keyboard was first launched in Japan under the name "Simeji" in 2008, and has since garnered over 20 million downloads to become one of Japan's most popular keyboard apps. It was featured on the Apple App Store's "Best of 2015" list in Japan, and has consistently ranked among the country's top five tool apps for both iOS and Android.

The latest version of Facemoji Keyboard for Android can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. Follow Facemoji Keyboard on Instagram at, or on Facebook at

About Baidu
Baidu, Inc. is the leading Chinese language Internet search provider. As a technology-based media company, Baidu aims to provide the best and most equitable way for people to find what they're looking for. In addition to serving individual Internet search users, Baidu provides an effective platform for businesses to reach potential customers. Baidu's ADSs trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "BIDU". Currently, ten ADSs represent one Class A ordinary share.

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