I have "emoji predictions" un-checked in settings, on my Samsung Galaxy S10 with Android 9.0. So there is no emoji shown on the suggestion bar when I type words like "pizza" and "time".
However the word itself gets a white background, apparently indicating to me that there IS a suggested emoji I can choose if I want to. And then if I tap on the word with the white background, the background changes to black (and text changes color to white) and a popup appears with the set of emoji suggestions which I can then choose or not.
All well and good, but I don't need it and find myself distracted as I type by the random words appearing with white background. They're not misspelled, and they're not unfinished or anything. They're perfectly fine just the way they are.
I'd like to disable this feature, so that special words never get a white background. This is how it is currently working for me on my S7 with Android 8.0. I just got this S10 and the settings for Swiftkey are identical to those on the S7, and yet I get this white background behavior on the S10 but not on the S7.
Seems I recall having this symptom on my S7 years ago, and discovered that setting for "emoji prediction". I think it might have been on by default when this functionality was first released, and by un-checking it the white background issue disappeared.
But I've got it un-checked on the S10 as well, and yet the only thing it seems to control is whether or not the suggested emoji shows up on the right side of the suggestion bar or not, and that works fine. But it doesn't prevent the white background behind the word (and thus the ability to replace the word with an emoji if I want to) from appearing. This seems to be permanent, and not preventable... on the S10, but not the S7.
Am I missing something? Is this by design? If I want to insert an emoji somewhere (perhaps at the end of a sentence of paragraph) I can do it manually, when I want to. I don't ever compose text or email with imbedded emoji, but rather only write words to my recipients.
I'd like to know how to prevent this white background behind word emoji-suggesting behavior if it's available. If not, I'd like to suggest that it be made a settings option.