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Say Goodbye to Google’s Blob Emoji

If you have an Android phone, I bet you all have seen and even used its emoji. It is no secret as well that Android phones have a different look for their emoji as compared to Apples’ emoji.

We now start to bid goodbye to Google’s gumdrop style character emoji as they transform into a more consistent round shape figure with their newest Beta version of Android O. The final design will still be a little bit unique but large adapts the style of what people know from the iOS.

History of blobs

The gumdrop emoji introduced in 2013 when Android 4.4 was launched. In Android 5 “Lollipop,” the emoji became more coherent when all of which either looked like gumdrops or melted marshmallows. These blob-styled emoji are part of the Google Noto font family.

On the other hand, 2016 paved the way for different colored versions of Android emoji. According to Rachel Been, Creative Director of Google, the change of emoji was linked to the guarantee that there would be no miscommunication across platforms.

“We wanted to assure the user that when they sent an emoji to a friend, the message was clearly communicated regardless of whether they are on iOS, Windows, Samsung, or any other platform.”

If you download the Beta version of Android O, you’ll be able to review this new style of emoji yourself.


The brand new emoji were a result of 18 month-long designing of Google’s emoji. These latest characters will become default emoji. More so, this removed the problem of seeing boxes instead of emoji especially when the person reading your message has not updated their phone’s software yet or is not using an Android phone.

Android O presents to us not only more defined characters but also emoji that has a unified style and made in a single grid. Meaning all emoji have an even set, and that parts like eyes and mouth are always in the proper places. They also moved to a more gender-sensitive emoji set to pave the way for a more neutral approach towards sexuality.

Moreover, even colors and gradients were upgraded thus making it easier to associate emoji with different emotions and similarly makes it more noticeable as well. With this latest update, you can also expect around 69 new emoji and 9 smileys with the help and approval of Unicode 10.

However, you might still wait because the said software will not be available until later this year.

Photo credit: Google / Jorge Gonzalez
Source: Bryn Smith, Agustin Fonts (Medium)

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