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Android O gets new emojis that don't look like ugly blobs

With Android O, users will be able to download their own emoji sets and custom font.


The half-eaten egg like emojis in Android will soon be pass . With the upcoming Android O, Google has finally realized the emojis it supplied with its popular OS were somehow just not in sync with the real emotions users felt. Android O will come with a new set of emojis with a more standard appearance so as to match those of Apple or Microsoft. Also Read - Google rolls out major update to 2 billion Chrome users, fixes critical bugs

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Android emojis for the longest time have been the most out of place when it comes to cross-platform sharing. What appears a rounded smiling face on iOS, ends up looking like some inverted container with dots sufficing for facial features. Addressing the mismatched nature of its emojis, Google finally took on the ordeal, which lasted about 18 months, to finally redesign the most used form in digital or social media communication. Also Read - Google Play Games arrives on Windows PCs: Check PC requirements, games list

At Google I/O 2017, the company only briefly mentioned that with Android O, users will be able to download their own emoji sets and custom font. In case, you don t like the new set of emojis, you might get the option to switch back to the previous version. However, the new emojis will be supplied with Android O as default. ALSO READ: Android O Public Beta: How to download and install it on your Pixel and Nexus devices right now

Fast Co Design, in its detailed post reveals all that Google changed in the new set of emojis. First and foremost, the company replaces the candy dots or blobs with a set of squishy circles, along with making its emojis more realistic to resemble humans. Some of the redesigned emojis are down below for comparison.

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One of the key improvements made in the new set of emojis is the cultural and gender stereotypes. We purposely moved away from just putting the girls in pink. We needed for legibility purposes to tell the difference of men and women, but why did she need to be in a stereotypical color? And we put women in pants, says Rachel Been, Creative Director on Google s Material Design.

Image courtesy: Fast Co Design

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  • Published Date: May 18, 2017 2:15 PM IST

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