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I've got a Motorola Droid X running Android 2.2 (Froyo), and when sending and receiving SMS/text messages in the default text messaging program, I don't see the Android emoticon images in the message. I instead only see the text representing that emoticon. For instance, I only see :-) rather than the smiley emoticon image.

Is there a setting somewhere that turns that feature on or off?

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See also this question that's from someone trying to turn the robot emoticons off… no one's found the setting there yet but if they do it could help you out too. – GAThrawn Dec 10 '10 at 14:19
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I did some research and was not able to find any way to do this on a stock device. However here is a link for you root users that allows you to remove the stock emoticons and replace them with standard ones, I'm sure it will let you do other emoticons as well.

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