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Facebook Messenger adds more diverse selection of emoji

The Facebook Messenger app now has over 1,000 new emoji that the company says are supposed to offer "a more balanced mix that's more representative of our world."

Facebook says:

Messenger is bringing over 1,500 newly designed Messenger emojis to the world. The new designs, gender-agnostic options and multi-colored emojis will be available on many Android devices and web products for the first time. We're diversifying the genders to create a more balanced mix that's more representative of our world. Now, using Messenger emojis, you'll see a female police officer, runner, pedestrian, surfer and swimmer for the very first time, and we'll keep rolling these out.

Messenger users will also be able to pick the skin color for emoji:

All you have to do is set the color you want your default emojis to be when Messenger launches, and your emojis after that will follow your preference. Of course, you'll have the option to change this in settings or even make a one time decision. Also, at launch, we have emojis representing red heads for the first time.

Finally, Messenger is standardizing the emoji so that they look the same no matter which version you are using:

No matter what emoji you pick, it will now look the same for all Messenger users, regardless if the recipient is on Android, iOS or another platform. In other words, no more broken-looking black boxes or emojis that just don't make sense. Our characters are consistent every time you use them, no matter what platform the recipient is on.

12 Comments
  • But when will they add SMS to it? (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
  • I have had the option to use fb messenger for my sms for a few months Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's been available for a while now.
  • Not to every user. I'm on the beta as well, but no SMS integration. Where are you seeing the option to add it?
  • In fb messenger at the very top, click the little persons head. Scroll down. Should be a setting that says sms Posted via the Android Central App
  • Unfortunately not on mine. SMS option is missing.
  • Odd. I have had it for atleast 2 months. Mabey longer Posted via the Android Central App
  • I see the add phone number , easier for people to look u up but no sms
  • They look ugly, I don't see what's wrong with the standard android blobs, they don't represent a gender or a colour. I don't see why google are trying to move away from this too.
  • They should not represent a gender or people are going to be like it's racist Posted from my Moto X 2nd gen and my Nexus 9 both on Android Marshmallow
  • No ginger people? Where is the pink hue and freckled thumb? I'm offended! Posted via the Android Central App
  • lol