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Twitter Changing Up Emoji to Improve Experience On Android Phones

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May 22, 2018, 8:35 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

Twitter is dropping support for native emojis from platform vendors such as Google and Samsung in its Android app and replacing them with Twemoji. At issue is compatibility with old devices. Phones running Android 7.x and below often have trouble displaying updated emoji and instead show generic characters instead of the intended graphic. Twitter is adopting Twemoji for its Android app, targeting devices running Android 4.x KitKat through 7.x Nougat. Android devices running Android 8 Oreo should not experience a change, as Oreo includes native support for the latest emoji. Twitter confirmed to Emojipedia that it has been testing the switch to Twemoji with select users since March and is now rolling it out for all users of the official Twitter app. The change also brings the Android app inline with what users see on Twitter.com.


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