Android O Adopts New Emoji Design
Android O replaces the squishy emoji blobs that have long been a part of Google's stock operating system with more traditional, circular emoji. Many of Google's handset partners include their own emoji on Android phones, but the clean version of Android that runs on Pixel and Nexus devices includes the blob-style emoji. Android O puts the basic design and shape of the emoji in line with what other companies offer. The redesigned emoji are included in the new Android O beta release that Google made available earlier today.
Unicode Accepts Some Google-Designed Women Emoji
Google today said the Unicode Technical Committee, the organization that oversees the development of emoji, has agreed to add some of the professional women emoji Google proposed earlier this year. Specifically, Unicode will add 11 (of the 13 suggested) professional female emoji in all skin colors.
Google Proposes New Emoji Depicting Women In Professional Roles
Google has proposed to Unicode, the organization that oversees the development of emoji, that it include more options representing women in the workplace. Google argues that "adding 13 new emoji that depict women across a representative sample of professions ...
Google Allo Gains GIF Search, Animated Emoji
Google improved its Allo messaging service today with more expressive tools. Allo already allows people to search for and use emoji and stickers.
Facebook Adds More Than 1,500 Emoji to Messenger
Facebook today said it has taken steps to ensure all users of its Messenger application enjoy a rich experience. Moving forward, emoji will appear exactly the same across platforms, including the web, Android, iOS, and Windows.
Google's GBoard App for Android Lets You Draw Emoji
Google today updated its GBoard keyboard application for Android handsets and made it possible for people to draw emoji. In the emoji search tool, GBoard can recognize finger-scrawled pictures and then automatically insert the correct emoji into your text.
No More Blobs!