What you need to know
- Google is updating nearly 1,000 emoji for Android 12.
- Many emoji are getting updated designs, some of which will change based on your device theme.
- Google apps like Gmail will also be compatible with the updated emoji.
Overall, the updated designs give the emoji collection a cleaner look, but many changes are also intended to make emoji more universal and accessible. Google highlights the pie emoji as an example of this, saying that "it previously looked like a very specific American pumpkin pie (a family favorite!). Now it's something everyone recognizes."
Google also highlights how some of the changes are making emoji a bit more intentional. The bikini emoji will no longer look like an invisible body is wearing it, and the face mask emoji now has its eyes open, a fitting change as more individuals receive vaccinations and countries start opening up again.
Speaking of intention, Google made sure to make more of the food emoji more appetizing. Some of the emoji will also feature subtle changes based on the device is using a light or dark theme.
The emoji will also be available across Google's services, including Gmail and Chat, as early as this month. That way, users won't have to worry about broken emoji when inserting them into a message. The best Chromebooks are also set to receive a "shiny new emoji picker" this month, while YouTube will get the new emoji later this year.
All Google, all the time
The Pixel 5 is the best smartphone from Google, thanks to its pure Android build. That means it comes with all the stock Google apps like Gboard, which lets you create fun new emoji mashups.
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