Add to favourites
News Local and Global in your language
27th of May 2017

Technology



The End Is Near for Google's Blob Emoji

How to Get the Best Emoji On Your Android Phone

Let's face it: emoji, once the realm of tweens, have gone mainstream. They're popping up everywhere in society, from speech therapy to the debate over gun control. So it comes as little surprise that Google spent more than a year redesigning every one of the hundreds of emoji it offers in an attempt to make more of its users happy.

The redesign process, detailed in an article in Fast Company this week, took so long in part because Google's current set of emoji appear very different from the round ones you'll find on the internet or messages on your iPhone. To many people, Google's current blob-shaped emoji, which you'll find everywhere from Hangouts conversations to the Android keyboard, look ugly.

Plus, Google says, their asymmetric shape makes it increasingly difficult to implement new emoji from the Unicode Consortium, which is the de facto authority for deciding which emoji should exist.

"Our design system wasn't equipped to provide standards that unified the look and feel of all the illustrations across the many emoji categories," Google explained in a blog post. So its designers came up with a new grid-based design that more closely resembles the emoji you currently see outside of the Google ecosystem. That means classic emoji like smiley faces are circular, and even the ones that aren't still fit into the same grid space, without the divisive spillover effect of the old blobs.

The new emoji are also more compatible with other operating systems. Google explained that "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."

Even though the design work is mostly completed, it'll still be a while before Google customers get to use the new emoji. They'll be coming first to the new Android O operating system, which just entered its public beta phase and is several months away from a commercial rollout. In the meantime, apps like Textra offer options for people who really want to get rid of the blobs as soon as possible

Read More




Leave A Comment

More News

TechNewsWorld

PCMag.com Breaking News

PCWorld

TechCrunch

Thetechhacker

FOX News

WIRED

SlashGear

Electrek

Disclaimer and Notice:WorldProNews.com is not the owner of these news or any information published on this site.