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Google brings back blob emojis with sticker packs for Android Messages and Gboard

Android Oreo's quickly approaching its one-year anniversary, and while many of its features like picture-in-picture and Autofill have proven to be truly useful over the last few months, some people are still feeling the sting of Google's decision to remove its blob-style emojis in favor of a more conventional design.

Thankfully, we've got some good news. In honor of the 2018 World Emoji Day, Google's adding blob sticker packs to both Android Messages and Gboard,

A similar sticker pack was added to Google's Allo messaging service exactly a year ago today, but since Allo's been put on the backburner in favor of further development for Android Messages and its "Chat" feature, it makes sense that Google would bring this over to its other, more widely-used platforms.

To grab the sticker pack on Android Message, go to a conversation within the app and then tap the + icon, tap on the sticker icon, and then another + button near the top to add it. In Gboard, just tap the emoji shortcut, tap the sticker icon, and you should see a shortcut for it already.

The blob stickers are already showing up for me in Gboard, but they're still MIA in Android Messages. However, as Google advances with its rollout, they should be live across both platforms for all users over the next day or so.

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

2 Comments
  • I've always hates the blobs. Please give us regular emojis.
  • Forget the dumb comment bashing the blobs - BRING THEM BACK! The new emojis are plain and dumb, they look just as bland as iPhone generic emojis - Android is prized for being unconventional and awesome. The blobs are cute... I don't use that adjective often.