Let’s face it. Google’s emojis in Android right now look pretty bad. They’re too cartoon-ish, don’t fit in with what any other manufacturer is doing (e.g. Apple, Samsung, etc), and seem like they belong on a child’s toy phone. I mean, just look at them.


Pretty rough, right?

Luckily, it seems like Google has come to their senses. Starting in Android O, the company’s emojis will be getting a complete makeover which, according to Fast Company, took 18 months to develop.

Here’s a preview of some of the new emojis you can see now in Android O.

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Rachel Been, Creative Director on Google’s Material Design, says that not only are the company’s old emojis too different from everyone else’s, they’re a communication issue. “If I sent my friend the dancing woman on iOS, and I’m on an Android device and I see a blob, there’s a miscommunication.”

This is the main reason why Google is redesigning their emojis. Being as ugly as they are isn’t the exact cause, but it plays a role in their year-and-a-half efforts.

With this news, Android O simply can’t come soon enough. We expect it to go live for all users come August, but you can try it out now on your Pixel or Nexus via android.com/beta.


Posted by Max Buondonno

Founder and executive editor at Matridox (formally MBEDDED). I've also founded and am the sitting CEO at MBEDDED Media, a new kind of media company. Lover of anything and everything involving technology. I know CSS and basic HTML to an extent. Writer, blogger, critic, coder, and self-certified genius. Oh, and I'm told I'm a legend, if that means anything to you.

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