Dublin-based mobile start-up Emojitones has completed a €500,000 funding round as the company looks to change the way in which users text one another.
The firm, which has snooker legend Ken Doherty, among its investors, has added sounds to every emoji icon with the company aiming to combine audio with standard text-based messaging.
The app is free and available on both iOS and Android and plays the relevant sound automatically when messages are opened.
Speaking after the completion of the funding round Emojitones creator Guy de Bromhead said emojis are big business.
"Six billion emojis are sent daily via all text messaging platforms. It's logical to introduce sounds in to standard text messaging via emoji icons.
"Future releases will enable enhanced customisation features, including the ability to create your own emoji tones or select from an expanding library of sounds curated to appeal to different languages and cultures," the Emojitones founder said.